Grain Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Grain Seed Market is Segmented by Technology into Open Pollinated Varieties, Hybrid Derivatives, Non-GMO Hybrids, and Genetically Modified Hybrids, and by Crop Type into Rice, Wheat, Maize (Corn), Sorghum, and Other Crop Types. A Geographical Analysis, Covering the Top 19 Countries in the World is also part of the Report.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 6.4 %

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Market Overview

The grain seed market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period (2020-2025). Asia-Pacific is the largest market for cereals and grains seeds and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period.

  • In developing markets, there has been a noticeable improvement in seed replacement rates over the past decade, especially in the case of cereal crops. For example, in the case of India, the seed replacement rates in maize (corn) stood at almost 80% in the crop year 2017-2018.
  • The increase in seed replacement rates has been a result of increased usage of hybrid seed. In China, it has been estimated that the area under hybrid rice constituted almost 60% of the total planted area under the crop.
  • The market faces imminent challenges in terms of attaining regulatory approvals for the adoption of genetically modified food crops in significant markets, such as the European Union and India. Approvals for various GM traits can provide an inorganic fillip to the growth in the market over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The report covers the seeds used for sowing for major cereal crops, including those for minor cereals and millets. The crops covered in the scope of the report includes rice, wheat, maize (corn), and sorghum, which are the four cereal crops grown on the majority of the global arable land. Other cereals included in the scope are minor cereals and millets such as pearl millet, finger millet, etc. The scope of the report excludes seeds used for forage, such as forage maize (corn), forage sorghum, etc. Moreover, other row crops such as pulses, oilseeds, cotton, and sugarcane, among others, are beyond the report scope.

The market has also been segmented based on technology to cover all the major technologies used in the manufacturing of grain seeds, including genetically modified technology.

Open Pollinated Varieties
Hybrid Derivatives
Non-GMO Hybrids
Genetically Modified Hybrids
Herbicide Tolerant Hybrids
Insect Tolerant Hybrids
Other Genetically Modified Hybrids
Crop Type
Maize (Corn)
Other Crop Types
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Need for Increased Productivity to Satisfy the Rising Demand for Food

The demand for food is governed by human population growth, economic growth, livestock population, and animal feed. With the rising population coupled with higher demand for food is creating the need to increase productivity as the urbanization is resulting in decreased cultivable land area. For instance, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization, in 2016, the area under cultivation of cereals was 733.06 million ha, which decreased to 728.09 million ha by 2018, globally. Additionally, the global cereal yield was 41,131 hg/ha in 2017, which decreased to 40,694 hg/ha in 2018. To increase the productivity within the available cultivable area, use of quality seeds has a prominent role in giving better yield.

With the rising concern over the adverse climatic conditions, pest, and disease incidence, various varieties that would show tolerance have been released into the market, which ensures the crop establishment, thus giving a higher yield. For instance, in 2018, Bayer has launched a hybrid rice seed, Arize AZ 8433 DT with strong inbuilt tolerance to Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) and Bacterial Leaf Blight (BLB). BPH is the most destructive pest in rice-growing areas of India, and it has caused considerable losses to farmers in the 2017 Kharif season.

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Cereals and Grains Seed Market

Asia-Pacific is the largest market for grain seeds, accounting for more than 30% of the global demand. The growing population in Asian countries, mainly in China and India, has a continuously increasing demand for food production and is driving the seed market for cereal and grains in the region. The highest increases in seed replacement rates and hybridization have been observed in countries in the Asia-Pacific, and the number of farmers utilizing high-quality seeds has increased. Asia-Pacific is expected to retain its position as the largest market over the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The grain seed market is consolidated with the top five companies occupying almost 50% of the market share. The merger of Dow Agrosciences and DuPont and the subsequent formation of Corteva Agriscience as the company engaged in the merged entity's agricultural business and the acquisition of Monsanto Company by Bayer CropScience has further consolidated the industry. Other major regional players occupy smaller shares, and there is also a massive presence of smaller seed companies holding major local markets in countries, such as India and China.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Open Pollinated Varieties

      2. 5.1.2 Hybrid Derivatives

      3. 5.1.3 Non-GMO Hybrids

      4. 5.1.4 Genetically Modified Hybrids

        1. Herbicide Tolerant Hybrids

        2. Insect Tolerant Hybrids

        3. Other Genetically Modified Hybrids

    2. 5.2 Crop Type

      1. 5.2.1 Rice

      2. 5.2.2 Wheat

      3. 5.2.3 Maize (Corn)

      4. 5.2.4 Sorghum

      5. 5.2.5 Other Crop Types

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. Spain

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. France

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Thailand

        6. Vietnam

        7. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer Cropscience AG

      2. 6.3.2 Corteva Agriscience

      3. 6.3.3 Syngenta International AG

      4. 6.3.4 Groupe Limagrain Holding SA

      5. 6.3.5 KWS SAAT SE

      6. 6.3.6 Land O' Lakes Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Florimond Desprez Group

      8. 6.3.8 RAGT Semences SAS

      9. 6.3.9 Advanta Seeds (UPL Limited)

      10. 6.3.10 Euralis Semences

      11. 6.3.11 Nuziveedu Seeds Limited

      12. 6.3.12 Beidahuang Kenfeng Seed Co. Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Grain Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Grain Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Bayer Cropscience AG, Syngenta International AG, Corteva Agriscience, Groupe Limagrain Holding SA are the major companies operating in Grain Seed Market.

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