Global Seed Treatment Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 69
  • SKU: IRTNTR10051

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This market research report identifies players like BASF, Bayer, Monsanto, Nufarm, and Syngenta to be the key vendors in the global seed treatment market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market by crop type (corn/maize, soybean, wheat, rice, cotton, and others), by product (chemical and non-chemical seed treatment), and by geography (APAC, Europe, North America, South and Central America, and ROW).

Global outlook for the seed treatment market

Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global seed treatment market will grow at a CAGR of around 10% by 2020. Farmers are increasingly opting for biological seed treatment methods owing to the environmental impact and health hazards associated with the chemical agents. Biological agents are extensively researched and developed to enable organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Biological seed treatments are cost-effective and offer environmental benefits, which makes them preferable over chemical agents. Biological treatment agents are either used in isolation or in combination with chemicals to improve their efficiency and yield potential. Several seed companies in the market are investing in R&D to develop target-specific products by studying the control mechanism of these agents. Such developments in biological seed treatment methodologies will propel the growth of the overall seed treatment market during the forecast period.

North America will continue its dominance in the market and is likely to occupy around 33% of the overall market revenue during the forecast period. Much of the region’s growth comes from the US, which is one of the largest treated seed exporting countries in the world. Factors such as innovations in treatment methods of crop seeds, particularly corn, maize, wheat, and soybean drives the growth of the market. The penetration and requirement for seeds with modern traits such as genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans will positively influence the growth of the market in North America.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

This market is extremely fragmented and comprises several domestic and international players. Intense competition prevails in the market owing to the constant acquisitions by large companies who are looking to extend their market shares. Vendors are adopting bundling strategy where they acquire licenses for market-related chemicals and create bundles of seed as well as crop protection solutions in a bid to position themselves as a one-stop shop for all seed needs. Some players are also developing seed treatments that can control a broad range of pathogens. Innovations in seed treatment techniques will play a crucial role in market growth as well as in the profitability of the farmers and vendors of seed treatment solutions.

Leading vendors in the market are -

  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Monsanto
  • Nufarm
  • Syngenta

Other prominent vendors in the seed treatment market include Advanced Biological Marketing, Bioworks, Chemtura Agrosolutions, DuPont, Novozymes, Plant Health Care, Sumitomo Chemicals, and Wolf Trax.

Segmentation by crop type and analysis of the seed treatment market

  • Corn/maize
  • Soybean
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Cotton

Corn or maize accounted for the highest consumption of seed treatment products in 2015 and occupied around 32% of the total market share. With the constant increase in world population, the need for improved seed products is growing. Manufacturers are making huge investments in research activities to formulate new seeds with high-quality traits. Corn seed treatment facilitates higher productivity of corn/maize seeds, from which corn syrup is derived. Corn syrup forms a key ingredient of ethanol production, and the rising production of ethanol globally will boost the market for corn seed treatment in the coming years.

Segmentation by product and analysis of the seed treatment market

  • Chemical seed treatment
  • Non-chemical seed treatment

During 2015, the chemical seed treatment dominated the seed treatment market and accounted for more than 95% of the total market share. Chemical seed treatment methods have extensive usage because of their stability and efficacy. This segment comprises insecticides, fungicides, and other seed treatment products. Insecticide seed treatment is the most preferred and consumed seed treatment method owing to the increase in crop infections. Vendors are developing target-specific seed treatment products to enhance productivity. The segment will continue its dominance in the market during the forecast period owing to the easily available and cheap products.

 Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the seed treatment market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global seed treatment market?
  • What are the key seed treatment market trends impacting the growth of the market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global seed treatment market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global seed treatment market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, North America, South and Central America, and ROW.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global seed treatment market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Product definition and scope of use
  • Seed treatment methods
  • Types of seed treatment
  • Market outlook

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by crop type

  • Outlook
  • Corn/maize seed treatment
  • Soybean seed treatment
  • Wheat seed treatment
  • Rice seed treatment
  • Cotton seed treatment
  • Other crops

PART 07: Market segmentation  by product

  • Outlook
  • Global chemical seed treatment market
  • Global non-chemical seed treatment market

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • Outlook
  • Seed treatment market in North America
  • Seed treatment market in Europe
  • Seed treatment market in South and Central America
  • Seed treatment market in APAC
  • Seed treatment market in the ROW

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Larger use of GM seeds
  • Mounting demand for food owing to the continuous upsurge in population
  • Increased adoption of GE seeds
  • Declining availability of per capita arable land increasing the demand for treated seeds

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Expiry of patents
  • Risks associated with seed treatments
  • Variable efficiency
  • Low shelf life of treated seed

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Advancement in the global seeds market
  • Developments in chemical and biological seed treatment methodologies
  • Rapid rise in treated seed prices
  • Increase in organic farming practices promoting the higher consumption of treated seeds

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Key vendor analysis

  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Monsanto
  • Nufarm
  • Syngenta

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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