Seed Treatment Market – Growth, Trends, Impact of COVID-19 and Forecast (2022-2027)

New York, March 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the publication of the report “Seed Treatment Market – Growth, Trends, Impact of COVID-19 and Forecast (2022 – 2027)” –
Although Covid-19 has created challenges with regards to temporarily halting manufacturing, supply chain disruption. However, after the lockdown in the first few weeks, manufacturing activity was allowed for essential products with agrochemicals, including seed treatment pesticides classified as essential products in many countries. Therefore, the impact of COVID-19 on the market is expected to be short term.

Seed treatment plays an important role in protecting seeds and seedlings from seed- and soil-borne diseases and insect pests affecting crop emergence and growth. Advancement in seed treatment technology, increase in government support with growing demand for high quality seed from farmers is driving the market growth over the forecast period. Seed treatment is increasingly seen by farmers as a way to protect investments made on good quality seed, due to an increase in regulatory issues related to fumigation, as well as foliar application of pesticides. Hence, growing awareness among farmers is fueling the sales of seed treatment chemicals across the globe. In addition, to popularize seed treatment methods among farmers, various governments are organizing national campaigns and promoting bills that will allow farmers to receive pesticides, herbicides and fungicides at a subsidized price. Hence, growing government support is expected to drive the growth of the seed treatment market in the coming years.

Main market trends

Increased cost of high quality seed

The high costs associated with hybrids and genetically modified seeds are a major factor driving the growth of the global seed treatment market. Seed treatment is increasingly seen by farmers as a way to protect investments made in good quality seed due to an increase in regulatory issues related to fumigation and foliar application of pesticides.

Also, the cost of seed is expected to increase due to an increase in demand for high quality seed with desirable agronomic characteristics. Companies and farmers are ready to invest in seed treatment solutions to maintain high quality seed.

According to USDA estimates from 2017, seed corn has cost about 300% since 1995, while yield has increased only 35%. Trainers attempt to reduce operating costs by selecting seeds that do not require multiple doses of chemicals. The initial protection of these modified seeds is provided by the use of seed treatment products. Over the past seven years, seed’s share of total corn operating costs has increased from about 28% to 32%. Even though there was a decline in maize operating costs between 2015 and 2016, the seed cost share of maize increased by 2%.

As most of the GM seeds are expensive and are treated with biological and chemical treatments, there is an increase in the area under GM crops, which positively affects the growth of the seed treatment market.

Europe dominates the seed treatment market

Europe recorded the highest seed treatment market share, and Spain had the largest seed treatment market, followed by France, Germany and Russia. The growing popularity of agriculture in the region and the need for better quality seeds are major reasons for the growth of the market. In field crops, such as cereals (corn, barley, etc.) and forage plants (alfalfa, clover, rapeseed, etc.), seed treatments are essential to prevent smut diseases such as rot and loose smut . In addition, seed treatments can also promote early crop growth. For example, seed treatments based on manganese and zinc, which stimulate the plant’s root system, are gaining popularity in the region.

In 2020, sugar beet growers in Spain suffered crop damage and lower yields due to viral jaundice. This has caused serious concern among farmers. They made a plea to let them use the Cruiser SB neonicotinoid treatment to reduce crop damage, which the government later approved. Thus, increasing insect and pest attacks, need of growers to save the crop, and increasing yields are driving the growth of the market in the region.

According to one study, for every extra euro spent on these seeds, compared to conventional seeds, farmers earned an additional €4.95 in extra income. These revenue gains are mainly due to higher yields through the use of improved techniques, including seed treatments, which influence the growth of the market.

Competitive landscape

The seed treatment market is consolidated with several major players, such as Syngenta International AG, Bayer CropScience AG, BASF SE, Corteva Agri Science, and Croda International PLC. The major players in the market offer a diverse and growing product portfolio. Companies mainly focus on new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, which helps to increase their market shares. The development of bio-based seed treatment products has huge potential for expansion over the forecast period, with benefits such as environmental sustainability and less regulations for new product development and launch.

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