Carbon Harvest, how Indigo determines credits generated

by Indigo Agriculture


Learn about an important stage of the carbon program, Carbon Harvest. Carbon Harvest includes entering records and filing fields, this is necessary to ensure growers get paid for their carbon farming practices.

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After creating an account, determining eligibility, mapping fields, enrolling fields, and implementing an indicated practice change in the eligibility window there is one final stage left in the carbon program, Carbon Harvest. Carbon Harvest happens each year the grower is enrolled and continues implementing practice changes. 

Four Steps of Carbon Harvest: 

  1. Enter farm records
  2. Submit the field for feedback 
  3. Make edits on the field, if applicable 
  4. File field

During the first stage, Indigo requests farm records to be entered in order to calculate carbon credits generated on the field. If this stage is not completed, payment will not be provided even if a farmer implemented a practice change. We require detailed records in order to remain the highest-quality Carbon program on the market which leads to building buyer demand. 

"If you have carbon credits that are built on questionable data, that's bad for the grower because that's a potential revenue stream that's no longer available. It's bad for the company that's purchasing those offsets and relying on the environmental benefits of those. So it's in the interest of everyone involved to make sure that process is as rigorous and accurate as possible."- Rye and Soy grower from Northeast Illinois

The records are then reviewed by Indigo to ensure they follow USDA Crop Data and other standard practices known to the grower’s region. To ensure the effort to enter records isn’t too burdensome, we use remote sensing, and offer integrations with other farm management systems. 

After the fields are filed, all the records are sent through our modeling method, a 6-step process, to determine the credits generated on the fields. Indigo then creates a report to be sent to the verifier, to check the method and information provided to verify the credits. Think of these teams as building inspectors. In order for buyers to feel confident in purchasing a building, they need to know the internal structure not only is of high-quality construction but meets building codes. Without this important step, buyers will not know if they can trust the building, leading to a significantly reduced price. Similar to carbon credits, buyers only want to buy verified credits to avoid any greenwashing claims and ensure their purchase is making an offset. 

That’s it for Carbon Harvest. The next step is to wait for payment. Congrats!

This article may include information from third-party sources or other information that Indigo may not independently verify. Carbon quantification methods, processes and understandings are in their nascency and subject to change and continuous development. The information contained herein is for general informational purposes only and may be based on generally applicable assumptions that may not be applicable to any individual operation. Actual results may differ among growers and farms based on a large number of variables. Each operation should independently consider the financial implications and all potential risks and benefits of the use of any agronomic practice. Any payments under Carbon by Indigo are subject to multi-year vesting and are contingent on continued long-term maintenance of regenerative agricultural practices and soil carbon levels. All Carbon Credits generated are subject to buffer pool holdbacks required by third-party crediting; participants will not receive payments for such holdback. Neither Indigo nor its representatives or affiliates makes any representations, warranties or guarantees as to any specific outcomes (agronomic, financial or otherwise) in connection with any recommendations, calculations or predictions. Terms, conditions, limitations and eligibility requirements apply. See program agreement for additional details regarding Carbon by Indigo.

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