Controlled Release Fertilizer Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Controlled Release Fertilizer Market is segmented By Type (Condensation Products of Urea and Aldehydes, Coated and Encapsulated Fertilizers, and Other Controlled Release Fertilizers), By Application (Grains & Cereals, Pulses & Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Turf & Ornamentals, and Other Applications), and By Geography.

Market Snapshot

controlled release fertilizer market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.8 %

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Market Overview

The Global Controlled Release Fertilizer Market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.6% over the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The increasing usage of mineral fertilizers led to over accumulation of fertilizers in soil. Furthermore, currently, the rate of loss of fertile soil is valued at 24 billion metric ton per year, as revealed by a study launched at a meeting of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ordos, China, in 2017. Empirical studies have proven that biodegradable polymer coatings are useful in the controlled release of nutrients into the soil, while reducing nutrient losses, such as ammonia volatilization, along with conservation of soil fertility in the long-run.
  • Optimization of nitrogen is eminent in turf grass production as nitrate deficiency may lead to yellowing of the grass and loss of vigor, thus, posing challenges in terms of the cost of maintenance and replacement. As a result, the demand for polymer-coated urea and NPK fertilizers for application in turf grass production is expected to boost the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

A controlled-release fertilizer (CRF) is a form of granulated fertilizer, which releases nutrients slowly into the soil, with a controlled release period, as it contains less soluble chemical compounds. The market is segmented on the basis of type of CRF (coated and encapsulated fertilizer, nitrogen stabilizer, and other controlled release fertilizer), as well as geography.

Condensation Products of Urea and Aldehydes
Urea Formaldehyde (UF)
Coated and Encapsulated Fertilizers
Sulfur-Coated Fertilizers
Polymer-Coated Fertilizers
Polymer-Coated Urea
Polymer-Coated NPK Fertilizers
Sulfur-Polymer Coated Fertilizers
Other Coated and Encapsulated Fertilizers
Other Controlled Release Fertilizers
Grains & Cereals
Pulses & Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits & Vegetables
Turf & Ornamentals
Other Applications
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

High and Continuous Nutrient Requirement Driving the Turf & Ornamental Segment

Golf courses are well established across Europe and the region currently claims 22% of the global golf facilities and is home to 22% of all golf projects in construction covering an area of 9,938,000 square km (R&A Championships Limited). Regional companies, like Ekote Technology, based in the Netherlands, introduced a polymer coated biodegradable controlled release NPK fertilizer in 2015, whose product longevity is only affected by soil temperature and not by other environmental factors. The product is widely used across the golf courses, open fields, and ornamentals. <According to the North Dakota State University, Kentucky Bluegrass, Bent grass and Ryegrass are the major cold season turfgrass grown across North America, whereas St. Augustine grass, Cynodon, are some of the warm season turf grasses grown across the region. The trend of using liquid fertilizer by the superintendents on golf courses is undergoing a shift due to the wider adoption of best management practices across the region, including enhanced efficient fertilizer, like controlled release fertilizer. Leisure turf and lawns is one of the most grown crops in the United states. These leisure turf and lawns are mostly preferred by the house owners and commercial places for landscaping to curb the appeal. People in North America are shifting to native grasses as they help in water conservation. For instance, in Texas, native grasses, such as buffalo grass, blue grama, and thunder  turf have been replacing other grass and turf varieties since 2015. This factor is further expected to boost the demand for controlled release fertilizer in the coming years.

Controlled Release Fertilizer Market: Revenue in USD million, Turf & Ornamentals, 2016-2025

North America Dominates the Global Market

North America witnessed consistent growth and thus is expected to provide potential market opportunities. The North American controlled release fertilizer market accounts for major share in the revenue for the region. The first chemically-controlled release products were available as fertilizers, over 50 years ago. High cost, with respect to other nitrogen fertilizers presently, has constrained their utilization in large-scale production of commodity crops, such as, corn, sorghum, wheat, and canola. The application was restricted to special vegetables, orchards, nurseries, seed production, etc. Eliminating superfluous application of fertilizers saves a broadcasting expense of about USD 5 – USD 7 per acre, which acts as a driver for the market.

Controlled Release Fertilizer Market - Market Size by Region (2019)

Competitive Landscape

The results of market share analysis indicate a consolidated global controlled release fertilizer market. There are six major players, who occupied 57.8% share. ICL Group, Haifa Group, Ekompany International BV, Nutrien Limited, and Florikan ESA LLC, are the major players in the global market. Greater market share of this companies is primarily due to wide presence and production capabilities in many developed countries, such as the Netherlands, Japan, and developing countries, such as China, Malaysia and their numerous products in different segments, such as turf, horticulture, agriculture, and nurseries. Product innovation and partnership are the prime strategies that are followed by the companies to increase the market share and improve their production capabilities using the innovative technology. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    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/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Condensation Products of Urea and Aldehydes

        1. Urea Formaldehyde (UF)

        2. Isobutylidenediurea

        3. Crotonylidenediurea

      2. 5.1.2 Coated and Encapsulated Fertilizers

        1. Sulfur-Coated Fertilizers

        2. Polymer-Coated Fertilizers

          1. Polymer-Coated Urea

          2. Polymer-Coated NPK Fertilizers

        3. Sulfur-Polymer Coated Fertilizers

        4. Other Coated and Encapsulated Fertilizers

      3. 5.1.3 Other Controlled Release Fertilizers

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Grains & Cereals

      2. 5.2.2 Pulses & Oilseeds

      3. 5.2.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.2.4 Fruits & Vegetables

      5. 5.2.5 Turf & Ornamentals

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    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. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. 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 Competitor Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Nutrien Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Yara International ASA

      3. 6.3.3 Israel Chemicals Ltd

      4. 6.3.4 Haifa Group

      5. 6.3.5 Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile SA

      6. 6.3.6 Scotts Miracle Gro

      7. 6.3.7 Compo GmbH and Co. KG

      8. 6.3.8 ATS (Growth Products)

      9. 6.3.9 JNC Corporation (Chisso)

      10. 6.3.10 Kingenta International

      11. 6.3.11 Ekompany International BV

      12. 6.3.12 Koch Fertilizer, LLC

      13. 6.3.13 Florikan ESA LLC

      14. 6.3.14 Mivena BV


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Controlled Release Fertilizer Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Controlled Release Fertilizer Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.8% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Haifa Group, ICL Group, Nutrien Limited, Ekompany International BV, Florikan ESA LLC are the major companies operating in Controlled Release Fertilizer Market.

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