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

The Maize Seed Treatment Market is segmented by Chemical Origin (Synthetic and Biological), Product Type (Insecticides, Fungicides, and Other Product Types), Application (Farm-level and Commercial), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 8.4 %

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Market Overview

The maize seed treatment market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.4% over the forecast period (2020-2025).


  • Maize is grown over 197 million hectares worldwide and is the third important cereal crop, after rice and wheat. The crop has high degree of penetration in commercial hybrid seeds, including genetically modified seed, and farmers adopt advanced farming practices for maize cultivation in both developed and developing markets.
  • In last three years, there was a widespread incidence of the pest fall amyworm in maize cultivation. Proper seed treatment can go a long way in protecting young plants against this deadly pest. Companies have also been engaging in R&D to develop products that target fall amyworm.

Scope of the report

The scope of the maize seed treatment market report includes usage of seed treatment products on farm-level by farmers and commercial application by seed companies, as part of seed coating.


The maize seed treatment market is segmented by chemical origin into synthetic and biological, by product type into insecticides, fungicides, and other product types, and by application into farm-level and commercial. The market is also segmented by geography to include the key trends in major regional markets across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa.


Chemical Origin
Product Type
Other Product 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

Increasing Seed Replacement Rate Leading to Boom in the Commercial Segment

Commercial maize hybrids are increasingly becoming popular across the world. Traditionally, North America, Europe, and South America have been cultivating commercial maize hybrids, since last two decades. However, increasing seed replacement rates and rising adoption of hybrids led to a remarkable growth of developing markets, such as Asia-Pacific and Africa. In 2018, seed replacement rates in Asia-Pacific stood at close to 80%. Increased adoption of hybrid varieties and penetration of advanced hybrids, including genetically modified varieties, have resulted in a booming market for commercial applications of maize seed treatment products. These products are being sold at a B2B level to seed companies. An increase in the number of seed companies selling maize hybrids has also supported the market for commercial applications of maize seed treatment products. The next frontier of hybridization and increased seed replacement rates is Africa, where the metrics related to these are expected to increase at a robust pace over the forecast period.

Maize Seed Treatment Market Revenue in USD million Commercial Applications

North America Leads the Global Market

Maize is grown over approximately 35 million hectares in North America. It is the most important grain crop in the region, with extensive application as grain, animal feed, and forage. Increased adoption of genetically modified and hybrid seeds in the region makes the geographical segment the largest among all the regions across the world. The market is driven by commercial applications, where companies are launching products that satisfy the crop protection needs of the farmer, while keeping sustainability of the soil and environment in mind. The region is expected to remain the largest geographical segment in the maize seed treatment market over the forecast period. 

Maize Seed Treatment Market Size by Region

Competitive Landscape

The maize seed treatment market is highly consolidated, with the top global players occupying more than 70% of the market share. The greater market shares of these players can be attributed to highly diversified product portfolio and numerous acquisitions and agreements. Moreover, these players are focusing on R&D, expansion of product portfolio, wide geographical presence, and aggressive acquisition strategies. Some of the key players in the market include BASF SE, Syngenta AG, Adama Agricultural Solutions, UPL Limited, and Bayer Crop Science, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and 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

      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 Chemical Origin

      1. 5.1.1 Synthetic

      2. 5.1.2 Biological

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Insecticides

      2. 5.2.2 Fungicides

      3. 5.2.3 Other Product Types

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Farm-level

      2. 5.3.2 Commercial

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Russia

        6. Italy

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 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 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 Bayer Crop Science AG

      3. 6.3.3 Syngenta AG

      4. 6.3.4 Adama Agricultural Solutions

      5. 6.3.5 UPL Limited

      6. 6.3.6 Advanced Biological Marketing Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Corteva Agriscience

      8. 6.3.8 Incotec Group BV

      9. 6.3.9 Valent USA Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Maize Seed Treatment Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Maize Seed Treatment Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.4% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Syngenta AG, BASF SE, Bayer Crop Science AG, UPL Limited, Adama Agricultural Solutions are the major companies operating in Maize Seed Treatment Market.

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