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 U.S seed treatment market was worth around USD 1.84 billion in 2016 and is expected to cross USD 3.04 billion by 2022 growing at the CAGR of 8.3% during the forecast period 2017-2022.
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 seed treatment 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.
U.S has been witnessing a sustained demand for seed treatment and is among the fastest growing market in North America over the coming half-a-decade. By application segment, chemical agents dominate the U.S market for seed treatment, accounting for an estimated 2016 share of 93.5%. However, growth in demand for non-chemical agents is likely to outpace chemical agents by posting a 2017-2022 compounded annual rate of 9.8% to emerge as the fastest segment.
Corn/maize is the leading type of crop for seed treatment applications in U.S, estimated to account for 31.9% of the total demand in 2016. In terms of CAGR between 2017 and 2022, however, demand for seed treatment applications in canola is expected to be the fastest among all crop types at 9.8%.
Key Industry Players
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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