Seed treatment is a process of treating seeds with chemicals and non-chemical methods before plantation. It is an ecofriendly way of using small amount of insecticide and fungicides. The North America seed treatment market was worth around $1.8 billion in 2015 and is expected to cross $2.7 billion by 2020 growing at the CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period 2015-2020.
The demand for crops has stimulated due to rise in the consumption of crops. Rise in the cost of seeds is one of the factor alluring the market. Increase in farm sizes along with crop rotations getting shorter are expected to drive the demand for seed treatment market. Canada and United States have been the growth engines that are driving the North American market.
The left over materials after the treatment affect the environment and limited dose capacity along with limited shelf life are some of the constrains of the seed treatment market. Awareness on the impact of biological seed treatment created an opportunity for seed treatment market.
North America has been witnessing a sustained demand for seed treatment and is among the fastest growing global market after Asia Pacific over the coming half-a-decade. The North American market for seed treatment is projected to reach US$2.7 billion by 2020. With an estimated share of 89% in 2015, the United States constitutes the largest market for seed treatment in North America. During the forecast period fastest CAGR of 8.6% is anticipated to be recorded by demand for seed treatment in Mexico.
Within this application category, insecticides constitute the largest sub-category, with an estimated 2015 share of 53% of chemical seed treatment demand. However, fungicide seed treatments are slated to witness the fastest CAGR of 9.1% during 2015-2020 in reaching a projected demand of US$ 1 billion by 2020.
Corn/maize is the leading type of crop for chemical seed treatment applications in North America, estimated to account for 32.1% of the total demand in 2015. In terms of CAGR between 2015 and 2020, however, demand for seed treatment applications in canola is expected to be the fastest among all crop types at 9.7%.
Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd (Formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd), Advanced Biological Marketing Inc, BASF SE, Bayer CropScience AG, BioWorks Inc, BrettYoung Limited, Chemtura AgroSolutions, DuPont, Germains Seed Technology, INCOTEC Group BV, Verdesian life sciences, Monsanto Company, Novozymes A/S, Nufarm Ltd, Plant Health Care, Precision Laboratories LLC, Syngenta International AG, Valent USA Corporation and Wolf Trax Inc.A few have focused on horizontal growth by expanding their presence in emerging markets that offer greatest scope for future prospects, while yet others have been content to operate within their established boundaries and go in for vertical growth by concentrating on innovations in the area of products and solutions.
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