Seed Treatment Market Trends

Statistics for the 2023 & 2024 Seed Treatment market trends, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Seed Treatment trend report includes a market forecast to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry trends analysis as a free report PDF download.


Market Trends of seed treatment Industry

Growing fungal infestations in early crop cycle and effectiveness of fungicide treatment in addressing these issues may lead to a rise in the demand for fungicide seed treatments

  • The global average consumption of seed treatment chemicals was recorded at 3.4 kg per hectare of agricultural land in 2022. The usage of seed treatment chemicals is growing with the rising awareness among farmers globally about the significance of seed treatment in crop protection.
  • The usage of fungicidal seed treatments is more popular among all pesticides due to the significant threat posed by fungal diseases such as rice blasts, leading to substantial yield losses globally. These diseases can result in up to a 30% loss in rice production, equivalent to feeding 60 million people, causing severe economic damage. Treating seeds with tricyclazole 75 WP at 3g/kg effectively prevents and controls this seed-borne disease even in later stages.
  • Imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, fipronil, and chlorpyrifos are crucial active ingredients in chemical insecticides for seed treatment. They exhibit high efficacy against a broad spectrum of pests, including wireworms, seed-corn maggots, grubs, soil-dwelling insects, caterpillars, and beetles.
  • South America is the highest per-hectare consumer of seed treatment chemicals, with 1,959 grams per hectare of agricultural land in 2022, followed by Europe and North America, with consumption of 619.0 and 583.0 grams per hectare of seed treatment chemicals, respectively, in the same year.
  • Research indicates that the application of insecticides on rice seeds effectively reduced the larval population of rice water weevil. These treatments displayed control efficiency surpassing 90% and resulted in significant yield improvements of up to 25% in South America. Such factors are leading to higher adoption of seed treatments in the region and globally.
Global Seed Treatment Market

Metalaxyl, when used as seed treatment, offers early protection to seeds and seedlings from soil-borne pathogens

  • Seed treatments are specialized chemicals applied directly to seeds, offering enhanced protection from pests and diseases, promoting better germination rates, and ensuring healthier plant establishment, contributing to increased crop productivity and sustainable farming practices.
  • As a non-systemic insecticide, cypermethrin remains primarily on the surface of treated seeds or plants. It forms a protective barrier that acts in contact with the target pests. Cypermethrin is known for its quick knockdown effect on a wide range of insect pests, making it valuable in seed treatment applications. In 2022, it was priced at USD 21.1 thousand per metric ton.
  • Malathion's systemic action enables it to provide protection against pests that feed on different parts of the plant. It is effective in controlling a variety of insect pests, such as aphids, leafhoppers, thrips, scales, and certain caterpillar species that may infest the treated crops. Malathion was priced at USD 12.5 thousand per metric ton in 2022.
  • Metalaxyl, when used, offers early protection to seeds and seedlings from soil-borne pathogens, preventing diseases like damping-off and seed rot. It is effective against pathogens such as pythium, phytophthora, and certain downy mildew. In 2022, it was priced at USD 4.4 thousand per metric ton.
  • Azoxystrobin's systemic activity allows it to be absorbed by treated plants and translocated within their vascular system, providing extended protection to different parts of the plant, including new growth and foliage. It was priced at USD 4.5 thousand per metric ton in 2022.
  • Governments worldwide are promoting seed treatment practices through extension services, subsidies, awareness campaigns, and collaborations within the industry to encourage the adoption of seed treatments.
Global Seed Treatment Market