Seed Treatment – Definition and analysis
Seed treatment or seed dressing/seed enhancement is a process or application of treating seeds using chemical, antimicrobial or fungicidal organisms to seeds that help or enables in suppressing, controlling or repelling plant pathogens, insects or other pests that attack seeds, seedlings or plants. Seed treatment enables seed enhancement by improving the performance post harvesting and conditioning before the seeds are sown.
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The history of seed treatment goes back to more than 300 years ago when in 1670 a ship carrying wheat grain drowned off the coast of England near the city of Bristol. When the farmers close to the coast collected and planted the seeds soaked in seawater found that the crop that resulted was remarkably free from “smut” whereas other farmers who planted with grain that was not soaked in seawater showed heavy smut infestation. The discovery of the value of organic mercury for seed treatment in 1912 speeded up the development of first commercial formulation called Panogen (mercury fungicide) developed in Sweden in 1938.
Seed Treatment Market Analysis – Growth and Market Size
Panogen was available as a liquid form widely used in the United States in 1948 that continued until the 1970s when concerns developed over their toxicity to human and other living species. During the 1980s, carboxin replaced the mercury fungicides in the global seed treatment market with seed applied technologies such as inoculants, herbicide softeners, micronutrients, plant growth regulators, seed coatings and colorants ruling the biological seed treatment market. The seed treatment market value was worth $5.78 billion in 2016 that is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 10.68% to reach $9.6 billion by 2021.
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With the evolution of farming practices and technologies, today seed treatment market growth goes beyond just seed production due to the increasing scope of application in the seed industry. The seed treatment market size is facing barriers due to factors such as the increasing role of use of chemicals that is adversely affecting the environment, low adoption rate among farmers, limited dose capacity, low protection and shelf life of treated seeds etc. The expansion of seed treatment industry in the coming decades is expected to enhance due to increasing global population that in turn leads to more demand for food requirements.
Moreover, the increasing research and development costs related to the improving crop quality are one of the factors that may lead to an expansion of seed treatment market size. According to a reputed seed treatment market report, increase in farm size, regulatory requirements and usage of multi-component products especially in the developed economies are driving the global seed treatment market.
Seed treatment global series market analysis and opportunities-
The global seed treatment market consists of suppliers who develop, formulate and register seed treatment products that meet regulatory requirements for commercial purposes and as such, professional applicators (farmers) apply seed treatment products to seeds using proven recipes and the proper equipment. The quality of the treated seed is determined by the quality of the seed treatment products applied. As per the standard seed treatment market analysis, the seed treatment market is segmented into Crop Type, Application Type, Function, and Application Technique each of them are further sub-divided or categorized into items as mentioned herein below in a tabulated format.
|Crop Type||Application Type||Function||Application Technique|
|Corn/Maize||Seed Coating||Seed/Crop Protection||Insecticides|
|Soya Beans||Seed Pelleting||Seed Enhancement||Fungicides|
|Wheat||Seed Dressing||Other Chemicals and Biological Agents|
|Vegetables and Other Products|
Figure.1: Segmentation of Global Seed Treatment Market
Insecticides in the application technique category occupy the largest segment with a market value of USD 1,621.2 million during 2016. In the crop type, cereals and grains occupy the largest market share due to an increasing global demand for food supplies. In terms of geographic segmentation – North America accounts for the largest revenue-generating region due to the large availability of cultivable land and being the largest producer of seed treatment exporting region especially the United States of America that is the key player in seed treatment market in this region. The seed treatment market, in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest growth over the coming decades. The major companies /key players in the seed treatment sector include
- BASF Se (Germany)
- DuPont and Germains Seed Technology
- Incotec Group Bv (Netherlands)
- Valent USA Corporation (United States)
These companies by adopting various strategies like mergers, acquisitions, and new product launches are strengthening their foothold in the global seed treatment market.