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Seed Treatment Market Size, Share and Global Trend By Type (Synthetic Chemicals, Biologicals), By Function (Seed Protection, Seed Enhancement), By Application Technique (Seed Coating, Seed Dressing, Seed Pelleting), By Stage of Seed Treatment (On-Farm, Off-Farm), By Crop Type (Cereals, Oilseeds, Fruits & Vegetables, Other Crops) and Geography Forecast Till 2025

Region : Global | Latest Update: Jul, 2019 | Published Date: Apr, 2019 | Report ID: FBI100156| Status : Published



The Global Seed Treatment Market, which was valued at US$ 5.33 Billion in 2017, is projected to reach US$ 13.46 Billion by the end of 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 12.19%. Seed treatment market has gained a high level of acceptance and popularity in the decade due to the aggregated R&D efforts of key players in the launch of innovative seed treatment products. Seed treatment products have enabled crop producers in achieving efficiency in protecting the high-value seeds and to reduce the high loading rates of chemical active ingredients.

The novel traits embedded in newly introduced seed varieties and steeply upward trajectory in the price of seeds in recent decades have compelled farmers to protect the seeds to ensure appropriate germination of seedlings and productivity of the crops. Control of insect pests & diseases is generally being achieved traditionally by the application of synthetic pesticides through the method of foliar application. Considering the cost, efficacy, and safety, seed treatments act as a better alternative to conventional/traditional pest control methods or can supplement the other control measures to achieve satisfactory results in the field.

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Several companies in the agrochemicals industry have initiated R&D activities to introduce efficient seed treatment products having a combination of two or more active ingredients. Seed treatment products are now available for nutrition enhancement of planting seeds. and the industry-leading companies are operational to offer the seed traits or products to reduce or control the impact of abiotic tolerances.

Biological Seed Treatment Product Type is projected to witness strong growth

Seed treatment has a long history of use to protect the planting of seeds from seed-borne diseases and pests. Majority of commercial (planting) seeds undergo synthetic chemical treatment with fungicides or combination of fungicide and insecticides during storage and planting in the field. Seed treatment with biologicals have shown beneficial results in various field trials and have gained higher acceptance from the crop producers. Currently, biologicals seed treatment to account for a share of around 16.24% in the global seed treatment market and are projected to witness strong growth during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025.

Seed Enhancement Products to Emerge as The Most Attractive Product Type

Seed treatment market is segmented by function as seed protection and seed enhancement. Seed protection majorly dominates the seed treatment market and includes the use of crop protection chemicals (synthetic and biologicals) such as fungicides and insecticides or combination of both while seed enhancement majorly includes plant nutrition products such as biofertilizers, micronutrients, and plant growth promoting agents. R&D efforts of industry stakeholders have explored the broad class of substances and microorganisms which helped in enhancing the seed establishment and growth of crop plants.

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North America region followed by South America are the two largest markets for global seed treatment at present, and they are projected to account for a significant proportion of the market in the forecast period as well. South America is a major supplier of soybean and corn commodities to the global markets, commercial growth of the sector is driving the demand for seed treatment products. Government bodies in Asia Pacific region are promoting and facilitating the seed treatment activities which is projected to add strong support the growth of the market.

Significant Contribution from the Bayer CropScience in the Global Seed Treatment Market

Historical establishment, strong R&D efforts, and product portfolio built up with innovative products specifically in seed treatment business have helped the Bayer CropScience to dominate the market. Other key players include BASF, Syngenta, Incotec, Arysta LifeSciences, Nufarm, UPL, and Sumitomo Chemicals.

North America Seed Treatment Market, 2017

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Seed treatment refers to the application of biological, physical, and chemical agents and techniques to seeds to provide protection and improve the establishment of healthy crops. Seed treatment helps in disinfecting the seeds from seed-borne or soil-borne pathogenic organisms and storage insects. Applying the seed treatment products directly to the seed is substantially more efficient and effective than the method of broadcasting crop protection chemicals. Other advantages of seed treatment include reduced pesticide usage, adequate protection to high-value seeds and improved germination, ease of handling and accuracy of planting, and ability to combat early-season insect pests and diseases.

Seeds and seedlings are vulnerable to many seed-borne (Bacterial blight, Stalk rot, Anthracnose, and Tomato & onion damping off), soil-borne (such as Fusarium wilt, Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Root rot, and Corn rootworm), and foliar (Rust, Powdery mildew, Septoria, and Aphids) insect pests & diseases and seed treatments are used on crops to control these pests.

The factors that are expected to inhibit the growth of the market is the lack of awareness about the benefits and technical knowledge among the farmers in developing countries. Other factors such as limited availability seed treatment services & equipment for on-farm seed treatment activities, and limited seed replacement rates are hindering the growth of the seed treatment market in the developing countries.

The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the seed treatment market and detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market is segmented by type, function, application technique, stage of seed treatment, and crop type. On the basis of type, the global seed treatment market is categorized into synthetic chemicals and biologicals. Based on the function, the global seed treatment market is segmented into seed protection and seed enhancement. Based on the application technique, the global seed treatment market is segmented into seed coating, seed dressing, and seed pelleting. On-farm and off-farm seed treatment activities are considered under the stage of seed treatment segment. Various crop types included in the report are cereals, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables, and other crops. Geographically, the market is segmented into five major regions, which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries.

Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. The report provides insights into the product launches, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, patent analysis, and key industry trends.


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By Type

·         Synthetic Chemicals (Fungicides, Insecticides, and others)

·         Biologicals (Biopesticides, Biofertilizers, and Biostimulants)

By Function

·         Seed Protection

·         Seed Enhancement

By Application Technique

·         Seed Coating

·         Seed Dressing

·         Seed Pelleting

By Stage of Seed Treatment

·         On-farm

·         Off-farm

By Crop Type

·         Cereals

·         Oilseeds

·         Fruits & Vegetables

·         Other Crops

By Geography

·         North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

·         Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.K., and Rest of Europe)

·         Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, and Rest of Asia Pacific)

·         South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South America)

·         Middle East & Africa (South Africa, Egypt, and Rest of MEA)


  • Bayer CropScience
  • Syngenta AG
  • BASF
  • DowDupont
  • FMC Corporation
  • Arysta LifeScience
  • Adama Agricultural Solutions
  • Sumitomo Chemicals
  • Incotec
  • Nufarm
  • Other players

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