United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2022- 2027)

The United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market is Segmented by Origin (Synthetic and Bio-based), Product Type (Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides, Nematicides, and Other Crop Protection Chemicals), and Application (Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, and Turfs and Ornamentals). The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.9 %

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Market Overview

The United States crop protection chemicals market is projected to register a CAGR of 3.9% over the forecast period.

The growing demand for food constantly increases the need for agricultural productivity, which accelerates the demand and need for crop protection chemicals. The improved scientific and technological trends in the crop protection chemicals market are likely to be major factors positively impacting the market during the forecast period.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report in the year 2020, soybean recorded the highest rate of fertilizer and pesticide usage as well as pest management practices for higher production. NASS surveyed the 19 states that accounted for 96.32% of the 83.08 million acres planted with soybeans in the United States in 2020. These 19 states included Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, and Minnesota. Herbicides were used most extensively and were applied to 98% of planted acres. Fungicides were applied to 22% of planted acres, and insecticides were applied to 20% of the same.

Based on origin, the synthetic segment occupies the largest share; however, bio-based is rapidly evolving owing to concerns over the impact of synthetic checmical residues. In 2021, farmers in Minnesota primarily use neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos as insecticides. However, due to growing concerns about the harmful effects of synthetic insecticides, the state government restricted the use of neonicotinoids, primarily to ensure permissible use of the bee-harming insecticide.

Scope of the Report

Crop protection chemicals have been defined as commercially manufactured agrochemicals used for preventing the destruction of crops by pests, diseases, and weeds, thereby improving the yield and quality of crops. The market studied includes agrochemicals applied by farmers and large commercial growers in crops and non-crop agricultural practices.

The United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market is Segmented by Origin into Synthetic and Bio-based, Product Type into Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides, Nematicides, and Other Crop Protection Chemicals, and Application into Grains and Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds, Commercial Crops, Fruits and Vegetables, and Turfs and Ornamentals. The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Product Type
Other Crop Protection Chemicals
Grains and Cereals
Pulses and Oilseeds
Commercial Crops
Fruits and Vegetables
Turf and Ornamentals

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Key Market Trends

Increased Focus Toward Sustainable Crop Production

Growing concerns about personal health have led consumers to invest in organic products. The health implications associated with organic foods have become more important than ever as people have become extremely concerned about overall wellness. With the growing demand for food safety and quality, biopesticides are gaining increasing popularity in sustainable agriculture. The biopesticide sector has been driven by a growing awareness of sustainable food production, farmers' concerns about excessive chemical usage, and the rising expense of chemical crop protection.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seven new active ingredients under biopesticides were registered in the United States at the end of 2020. The large number of microbial pesticides registered in the country indicates a huge demand for these products. Biopesticides tend to pose fewer risks than chemical pesticides, and the leading players in the market are focused on providing sustainable solutions. For instance, in 2021, FMC Corporation partnered with Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, to research, co-develop, and commercialize biological enzyme-based crop protection solutions for growers across the world. This partnership has been focused on developing enzyme-based biocontrol technology for the United States and global fungicide and insecticide markets.

Therefore, due to a surge in health consciousness and an interest in sustainable crop production, the demand for biopesticides is expected to rise during the forecast period, in turn aiding the crop protection chemicals market.

United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market: Organic Sales, in USD Billion, 2020-2021 

Herbicides Dominate the Market

The herbicides segment continues to dominate the US crop protection chemicals market. The adoption rate of herbicides has been growing in the past few years in the country, owing to the lower prices and availability of different types of herbicides as compared to other crop protection chemicals. The growth of herbicides is driven significantly by the increment in hard-to-control and resistant weeds that are likely to infest more than 80 million acres of farmland.

Glyphosate, 2,4-D, atrazine, glufosinate-ammonium, paraquat, pendimethalin, dicamba, fluroxypyr, and metolachlor are the commonly used synthetic herbicides. However, glyphosate is the primary driver of market growth. Glyphosate, sold under the brand name Roundup by Bayer, is the most widely used herbicide. It is a broad-spectrum, non-selective, systemic herbicide that accounts for 60% of the global market for non-selective herbicides.

The Agricultural Chemical Use Program of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted a survey in 19 states that accounted for 92.1% of the 93.4 million acres of land planted with corn in the United States in 2021, in which atrazine was the most widely used active ingredient (applied to 65% of planted acres), followed by mesotrione (47%) and glyphosate isopropylamine salt (41%).

Thus, the growing need to increase crop yield and quality, control crop yield losses due to weeds, the rising demand for organic food, and stringent government regulations toward chemical herbicides in the country are the major factors driving the herbicides market, especially bioherbicides.

United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market: Pesticides Applied to Corn, in % Planted Acres , 2021

Competitive Landscape

The US crop protection chemicals market is highly consolidated, with major players occupying large market shares and competing fiercely with local players and private labels. The major players in the market include Bayer AG, BASF SE, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience LLC, and FMC Corporation.

These prominent players in the market have extended their product portfolio and broadened their businesses to maintain their positions in the market. In addition, these players are strengthening their position through partnerships and expanding their operations in the US market.

Major Players

  1. Bayer AG

  2. BASF SE

  3. Syngenta AG

  4. Corteva Agriscience

  5. FMC Corporation

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Recent Developments

Broadening the product portfolio by introducing new and innovative products into the market is the most adopted strategy by these companies. For instance, in February 2022, Bayer AG launched a product named Prosaro PRO 400 SC Fungicide, a new multi-MoA cereal fungicide providing excellent control of Fusarium head scab and leaf diseases.

January 2022: ADAMA introduced two new rice herbicides: Diverge Silk and Diverge EC. Diverge Silk is a unique herbicide offering rice growers improved quality and handling for reliable weed control with less downtime and application headaches.

For instance, in August 2021, AMGUARD Environmental Technologies (“AMGUARD”), an American Vanguard (“AVD”) Company and a leading provider of proven chemistries and low-impact solutions to the professional pest, public health, golf, lawn care, and ornamental markets, and ADAPCO, an Azelis Americas company, agreed to a five-year partnership for the distribution of AMGUARD’s products to the US public health vector market.

May 2021: American Vanguard Corporation's subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, entered agreements with Syngenta Crop Protection LLC to acquire rights to the Envoke herbicide. The acquisition includes end-use product registrations and trademarks for Envoke herbicide in the United States. Syngenta and AMVAC worked together until the United States Environmental Protection Agency's registration officially transferred to facilitate an orderly transition to maintain quality customer service in all domestic geographies.

April 2021: Corteva AgriScience launched the DuraCor herbicide for pastures and rangeland in the United States. DuraCor is expected to control more than 140 broadleaf weed species, as well as offer several anticipated features, such as low use rate and low odor formation.

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 Origin

      1. 5.1.1 Synthetic

      2. 5.1.2 Bio-based

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Herbicides

      2. 5.2.2 Fungicides

      3. 5.2.3 Insecticides

      4. 5.2.4 Nematicides

      5. 5.2.5 Other Crop Protection Chemicals

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Grains and Cereals

      2. 5.3.2 Pulses and Oilseeds

      3. 5.3.3 Commercial Crops

      4. 5.3.4 Fruits and Vegetables

      5. 5.3.5 Turf and Ornamentals


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer AG

      2. 6.3.2 Syngenta AG

      3. 6.3.3 Corteva Agriscience

      4. 6.3.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.3.5 FMC Corporation

      6. 6.3.6 Adama Americas Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 UPL Limited

      8. 6.3.8 Sumitomo Chemicals America Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 Marrone Bio Innovations Inc.

      10. 6.3.10 AMVAC Chemical Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.9% over the next 5 years.

Bayer AG, BASF SE, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience , FMC Corporation are the major companies operating in United States Crop Protection Chemicals Market.

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