Europe Forage Seed Market - SIZE, SHARE, COVID-19 IMPACT & FORECASTS UP TO 2028

The Europe Forage Seed Market is segmented by Breeding Technology ( Hybrids, Open Pollinated Varieties & Hybrid Derivatives ) , by Crop ( Alfalfa, Forage Corn, Forage Sorghum ) and by Country ( France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom )

Market Snapshot

https://s3.mordorlabs.com/study%20period/1629296433432_test~study_period_study_period.svg Study Period: 2016 - 2028
https://s3.mordorlabs.com/base%20year/1629296433432_test~base_year_base_year.svg Base Year: 2021
https://s3.mordorlabs.com/hydraulic_fluids/1629285650767_test~hydraulic_fluids_hydraulic_fluids.svg Largest Share by Breeding Technology: Hybrids
https://s3.mordorlabs.com/globe/1629285706162_test~globe_globe.svg Largest Share by Country: Germany
https://s3.mordorlabs.com/cagr/1629296433433_test~cagr_cagr.svg CAGR: 5.44 %

MAJOR PLAYERS

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Market Overview

The Europe Forage Seed Market stood at 1.56 billion USD in 2022 and is projected to register a CAGR of 5.44% to reach 2.14 billion USD in 2028.

  • Largest Segment by Crop - Forage Corn : Europe witnessed an increase in the demand for forage corn seeds due to the rising demand for feed from dairy farmers and the increasing production of biogas.
  • Largest Segment by Country - Germany : The German market witnessed growth due to the rising demand for feed products, consumer demand for livestock products, and shrinking land for grazing animals.
  • Fastest-growing Segment by Crop - Alfalfa : Alfalfa registers high demand in the region from dairy farmers for animal feed. It can be harvested 10-12 times per crop season and has high nutritional protein content.
  • Fastest-growing Segment by Country - Italy : Italy registers a high demand for forage crops due to the demand for better-quality meat, high RoI, growing awareness among farmers, and rising demand for these crops as livestock feed.

Scope of the Report

Hybrids, Open Pollinated Varieties & Hybrid Derivatives are covered as segments by Breeding Technology. Alfalfa, Forage Corn, Forage Sorghum are covered as segments by Crop. France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom are covered as segments by Country.
Breeding Technology
Hybrids
Non-Transgenic Hybrids
Open Pollinated Varieties & Hybrid Derivatives
Crop
Alfalfa
Forage Corn
Forage Sorghum
Other Forage Crops
Country
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Poland
Romania
Russia
Spain
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Rest Of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Hybrids is the largest segment by Breeding Technology.

  •   In 2021, hybrids dominated the European forage seed market, accounting for 80.4% of the market share. Open-pollinated varieties accounted for 19.6% in the same year. The high share of hybrids is associated with traits such as high yielding, disease resistance, high vigor, and high palatability.
  • Only non-transgenic hybrid varieties are approved for cultivation due to the ban on genetically engineered crops, as they are perceived to have transgenic traits on livestock and animal health.
  • In 2021, forage corn held the major share of 88.8% in the hybrid segment due to the large area under cultivation and higher adoption of hybrids. The hybrid seed volume increased by 3.6% in 2020 compared to the previous year. The increase in the volume share was primarily due to increased forage demand from large commercial dairy farms.
  • Alfalfa held a share of 10.4% in the European hybrid forage seed market in 2021 due to the high seed replacement rate and high demand from the livestock industry, which may further increase the sales of hybrid seeds during the forecast period.
  • Europe is one of the largest producers of non-transgenic hybrid forage corn, contributing a 71.4% share of the European forage seed market in 2021. The demand for non-transgenic hybrid forage corn seeds in the region may increase further during the forecast period due to their high nutritional value.​
  • Germany was the major country in terms of area under OPVs in 2021. The country has a 50% area of the total European open-pollinated varieties and hybrid derivatives forage due to the prevalence of native and unimproved pastures in the country. The use of OPVs lowers cultivation costs, which is likely to boost their use further in the future.

Germany is the largest segment by Country.

  • Europe is the primary producer of forages. It contributed 15.1% to the European seed market and 32.7% to the global forage seed market in terms of value in 2021. The forage market in the region is being driven by the increasing animal population and rising meat consumption.
  • Germany is the largest producer of forage corn in Europe, with a market share value of 22.6% in the global forage corn seed market in 2021, followed by France, with a 20.2% share value. The driving factors include growing demand for feed products, consumer demand for livestock products, an increase in the livestock population, and shrinking land for grazing animals.
  • Italy, France, and Spain were the major producers of alfalfa in Europe, accounting for 16.2% of the global alfalfa seed market in 2021. The export demand for alfalfa is driving the market in these countries. 
  • In 2021, France, Italy, and Russia held the largest share of forage sorghum in Europe, contributing 4.6% to the global forage sorghum seed market. France had the largest forage sorghum seed market in Europe, accounting for 38.7% in terms of value. As per the USDA, the production quantity under sorghum forage doubled in France in the past few years and reached 422,900 metric ton in 2021.
  • The European seed association regulation, which governs the forage seed market, has made significant investments in forage seed production to enhance the unpredictability of the seed cycle, soil conditions, and time incentive returns. Therefore, the forage seed market is estimated to register a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The Europe Forage Seed Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 30.26%. The major players in this market are Advanta Seeds - UPL, DLF, InVivo, RAGT Semences and Royal Barenbrug Group (sorted alphabetically).

Major Players

  1. Advanta Seeds - UPL

  2. DLF

  3. InVivo

  4. RAGT Semences

  5. Royal Barenbrug Group

*Disclaimer: Major Players are sorted alphabetically

Market Developments

  • July 2020: The Royal Barenbrug Group established new laboratory for climate-resistant grass solutions, using seed technology in Nijmegen. The new laboratory is one of three Centres of Excellence for seed enhancement within the company's R&D department.
  • September 2018: Barenbrug Group has started seed enhancement business in addition to leading global research & development in grass and forage legume genetics. Seed enhancement businesses further contributed to the focus on creating value for customers worldwide.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & KEY FINDINGS

  2. 2. REPORT OFFERS

  3. 3. INTRODUCTION

    1. 3.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 3.2 Scope of the Study​

    3. 3.3 Research Methodology

  4. 4. KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS

    1. 4.1 Area Under Cultivation

    2. 4.2 Most Popular Traits

    3. 4.3 Regulatory Framework

    4. 4.4 Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Breeding Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Hybrids

        1. 5.1.1.1 Non-Transgenic Hybrids

      2. 5.1.2 Open Pollinated Varieties & Hybrid Derivatives

    2. 5.2 Crop

      1. 5.2.1 Alfalfa

      2. 5.2.2 Forage Corn

      3. 5.2.3 Forage Sorghum

      4. 5.2.4 Other Forage Crops

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 France

      2. 5.3.2 Germany

      3. 5.3.3 Italy

      4. 5.3.4 Netherlands

      5. 5.3.5 Poland

      6. 5.3.6 Romania

      7. 5.3.7 Russia

      8. 5.3.8 Spain

      9. 5.3.9 Turkey

      10. 5.3.10 Ukraine

      11. 5.3.11 United Kingdom

      12. 5.3.12 Rest Of Europe

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Key Strategic Moves

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Landscape

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Advanta Seeds - UPL

      2. 6.4.2 DLF

      3. 6.4.3 Euralis Semences

      4. 6.4.4 Groupe Limagrain

      5. 6.4.5 InVivo

      6. 6.4.6 KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

      7. 6.4.7 Pennington Seed, Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 RAGT Semences

      9. 6.4.9 Royal Barenbrug Group

      10. 6.4.10 S & W Seed Co.

  7. 7. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS FOR SEEDS CEOS

  8. 8. APPENDIX

    1. 8.1 Global Overview

      1. 8.1.1 Overview

      2. 8.1.2 Porter’s Five Forces Framework

      3. 8.1.3 Global Value Chain Analysis

      4. 8.1.4 Global Market Size and DROs

    2. 8.2 Sources & References

    3. 8.3 List of Tables & Figures

    4. 8.4 Primary Insights

    5. 8.5 Data Pack

    6. 8.6 Glossary of Terms

List of Tables & Figures

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET AREA UNDER CULTIVATION, HECTARE, 2016 - 2021

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, VALUE, USD, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VALUE, USD, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VALUE, USD, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY HYBRIDS, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY HYBRIDS, VALUE, USD, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY HYBRIDS, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY HYBRIDS, VALUE, USD, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY HYBRIDS, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY HYBRIDS, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY CROP, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY BREEDING TECHNOLOGY, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2016 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2016 VS 2022 VS 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VALUE, USD, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, BY COUNTRY, VOLUME, METRIC TON, 2026 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, SHARE(%), BY CROP, 2021 - 2028

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, MOST ACTIVE COMPANIES, BY NUMBER OF STRATEGIC MOVES, 2016 - 2021

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET, MOST ADOPTED STRATEGIES, 2018 - 2021

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    EUROPE FORAGE SEED MARKET SHARE(%), BY MAJOR PLAYERS, 2021

Market Definition

  • Commercial Seed - For the purpose of this study, only commercial seeds have been included as part of the scope. Farm-saved Seeds, which are not commercially labeled are excluded from scope, even though a minor percentage of farm-saved seeds are exchanged commercially among farmers. The scope also excludes vegetatively reproduced crops and plant parts, which may be commercially sold in the market.
  • Crop Acreage - While calculating the acreage under different crops, the Gross Cropped Area has been considered. Also known as Area Harvested, according to the Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), this includes the total area cultivated under a particular crop across seasons.
  • Seed Replacement Rate - Seed Replacement Rate is the percentage of area sown out of the total area of crop planted in the season by using certified/quality seeds other than the farm-saved seed.
  • Protected Cultivation - The report defines protected cultivation as the process of growing crops in a controlled environment. This includes greenhouses, glasshouses, hydroponics, aeroponics, or any other cultivation system that protects the crop against any abiotic stress. However, cultivation in an open field using plastic mulch is excluded from this definition and is included under open field.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Forage Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2028.

The Europe Forage Seed Market stood at 1.56 billion USD in 2022 and is projected to register a CAGR of 5.44% to reach 2.14 billion USD in 2028.

Europe witnessed an increase in the demand for forage corn seeds due to the rising demand for feed from dairy farmers and the increasing production of biogas.

The German market witnessed growth due to the rising demand for feed products, consumer demand for livestock products, and shrinking land for grazing animals.

Alfalfa registers high demand in the region from dairy farmers for animal feed. It can be harvested 10-12 times per crop season and has high nutritional protein content.

Italy registers a high demand for forage crops due to the demand for better-quality meat, high RoI, growing awareness among farmers, and rising demand for these crops as livestock feed.

Advanta Seeds - UPL,DLF,InVivo,RAGT Semences and Royal Barenbrug Group. are the major companies operating in Europe Forage Seed Market.