Forage Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Global Forage Seed Market is segmented By Crop Type (Cereals, Legumes, and Grasses); By Product Type (Stored Forage and Fresh Forage); and By Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Forage Seed Market Summary
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


7.5 %

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Market Overview

The forage seed market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.5%, during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The major factors driving the forage seed market are the increasing demand for dairy products, the increasing demand for animal products, consumer preference for organic food and feed products, shrinkage of open land for animal grazing, and increasing specialized feed requirement due to the introduction of high yielding cattle.
  • The major share in the forage seed market is occupied by North America, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.
  • Some of the restraints identified in the studied market are adverse climatic conditions, time-based incentive returns requiring significant investments, and the unwillingness of farmers to pay for high-quality forage seeds.
  • As an impact of COVID-19 severe restrictions on the movements of people and goods imposed in initial months are having widespread negative effects on the industry across the globe with international forage seed trade particularly affected. The forage seed trade is highly international with large volumes of seed shipped across borders to meet farmers’ demand across the globe. Yet shipments are affected by lockdowns imposed by governments across the region to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. Although many governments have since recognized seeds and other agricultural inputs as essential items effectively exempting them from lockdown restrictions seed companies have been reporting a number of supply-chain challenges. However, the market is anticipated to ris back in the coming months.

Scope of the Report

The market studied has been segmented by crop type into cereals, legumes, and grasses. By product type the market has been segmented into stored forage and fresh forage. By geography the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa. The factors affecting the studied market, either positively or negatively, and competitiveness among global leaders are also included in the report. The report contains a detailed analysis of various parameters of the forage seed market. 

Crop Type
Forage Corn
Forage Sorghum
Other Cereals
Other Legumes
Product Type
Fresh Forage
Stored Forage
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

Growing Demand for Meat and Meat Products

Livestock is among the world’s largest users of land resources, with grazing land and cropland dedicated to the production of feed representing nearly 80% of the total agricultural land. According to FAO, feed crops are grown in 1/3rd of the total cropland, while the total land area occupied by pasture is equivalent to 26% of the ice-free terrestrial surface. Around 80% of the world’s grazing lands are open lands, i.e., pastures devoid of forests or dense human settlements. Pastures have always been and will continue to be, a source of forages and nutrients for dairy cattle, including heifers, dry cows, and the milking herd. Livestock is a major factor responsible for the growth of global agriculture. The world food economy is being increasingly driven by the shift in diet and food consumption patterns toward livestock products. There has been an increased dependency of livestock animals on feed and forage resources. Furthermore, changes in production and quality of feed crop and forages potentially impacts the livestock. The growth in livestock production is likely to create a demand for better forage crops, as people are extremely concerned about the quality of meat they consume. The growth in the demand for forage crops can only be supported with better quality forage seeds.

Forage Seed Market - Revenue Share (%), by Crop Type, 2019

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North America Dominates the Forage Seed Market

Currently, North America is the largest forage seed market. Alfalfa is the largest traded seed among all the categories, and in the United States alone, it accounted for a share of 27% of the market value in 2018. Currently, the United States occupies the largest market share (48%). Favorable weather conditions and an ever-increasing domestic and international demand are driving the growth in the North American forage seed market. Weather in the North American region is a major reason behind the decline of demand in the forage seed market. To counter this effect, in December 2017, Grassland Oregon, a seed company based in Salem, Oregon, launched FIXatioN Balansa and Frosty Berseem clovers, making them available to producers in Canada. Both varieties are capable of withstanding temperatures as cold as -26°C and -5°C, respectively. 

Forage Seed Market - Market Size by Region (2019)

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Competitive Landscape

Global forage seeds market is a fragmented market with the presence of various players in the market. In the forage seed market, companies are not only competing based on product quality and promotion, but also focused on strategic moves to hold larger market shares. Major acquisitions are taking place between companies to expand the forage seed business. One such acquisition has been witnessed between AgReliant Genetics and Golden Acres Genetics. The players in the market are investing heavily in this market, in order to develop new products. Dairyland Seeds, which is a part of DowDuPont, introduced seven new products under its forage seed category for the 2018 planting season. The highlights for these new products are the new genetics and expanded trait packages giving them an edge above their competitors.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    3. 1.3 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 Crop Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cereals

        1. Forage Corn

        2. Forage Sorghum

        3. Other Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Legumes

        1. Alfalfa

        2. Other Legumes

      3. 5.1.3 Grasses

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Fresh Forage

      2. 5.2.2 Stored Forage

        1. Silage

        2. Hay

    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. France

        4. Germany

        5. Russia

        6. Italy

        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 Allied Seed LLC

      2. 6.3.2 Brett-Young Seeds Limited

      3. 6.3.3 AgReliant Genetics

      4. 6.3.4 DLF Seeds AmbA

      5. 6.3.5 Foster's Seed and Feed

      6. 6.3.6 Northstar Seeds Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Hancock Farm & Seeds Co.

      8. 6.3.8 UPL Limited

      9. 6.3.9 Corteva Agriscience

      10. 6.3.10 The Royal Barenbrug Group

      11. 6.3.11 Blue River Hybrid Organic Seeds

      12. 6.3.12 AMPAC Seed Company

      13. 6.3.13 PGG Wrightson

      14. 6.3.14 S&S Seeds, Inc.

      15. 6.3.15 Rivard's Turf and Forage

      16. 6.3.16 Johnston Seed Company

      17. 6.3.17 Silver Falls Seed Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Forage Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.5% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • AgReliant Genetics
  • Brett-Young Seeds Limited
  • Corteva Agri Science
  • Barenbrug Holding B.V.
  • DLF Seeds A/S

Are the major companies operating in Forage Seed Market.

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