Global Seed Market Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Forecast Report – Segmented By Crop (Field Crops and Fruit & Vegetable Crops), Availability (Commercial Seeds and Saved Seeds), Seed Treatment (Treated and Untreated), Seed Trait (Insecticide Resistant, Herbicide Tolerant, Other Stacked Traits) and Region (North America , Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East And Africa) – Industry Analysis From 2024 to 2029

Updated On: January, 2024
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Global Seed Market Size (2024 to 2029)

The global seed market size is expected to reach USD 7.66 billion in 2024 and reach USD 10.63 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.78% from 2024 to 2029.


Technological advancements in seeds are significantly contributing to the expansion of the global seed market.

The emergence of genetic modification (GM) and genome editing techniques has helped in the innovation of seed development. These technologies enable the manipulation of plant DNA, resulting in the creation of genetically modified and hybrid seeds with highly desirable traits. GM seeds are engineered to possess characteristics like pest resistance, drought tolerance, and increased yields, addressing critical challenges in modern agriculture. Hybrid seeds, created through controlled crossbreeding, combine the best traits from different parent plants, resulting in crops with enhanced vigor and productivity. The adoption of biotechnological advances has redefined the seed market landscape as farmers increasingly seek seeds that promise greater resilience and performance. Seed companies invest heavily in research to introduce novel, tailored seed varieties, meeting the growing global demand for sustainable, high-yield agriculture. As technology continues to evolve, the seed market is likely to remain at the forefront of agricultural innovation.


Climate change and environmental factors present significant restraints to the seed market, impacting the adaptability and performance of seed varieties.

As global temperatures rise and weather patterns become more erratic, seeds must be capable of thriving in changing conditions. Drought-resistant, heat-tolerant, and flood-resistant seed varieties are increasingly essential. Soil degradation poses another threat, as nutrient-poor or contaminated soils require seeds with improved adaptability and nutrient uptake capabilities. Additionally, water scarcity intensifies the need for seeds that can thrive with reduced irrigation, enhancing sustainability in agriculture. Therefore, these challenges have a great impact on development in the seed market. 

Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Seed Market

The COVID-19 pandemic had a dual impact on the seed market. Disruptions in global supply chains and logistics led to delays in seed production and distribution, affecting farmers' planting schedules and potentially reducing crop yields. Lockdowns and reduced labour availability also hindered planting efforts. Additionally, economic uncertainties resulting from the pandemic prompted some farmers to cut costs, potentially impacting their willingness to invest in high-quality seeds. Heightened food security concerns prompted an increased interest in home gardening and sustainable agriculture, which led to higher demand for vegetable and garden seeds. Moreover, the pandemic highlighted the importance of resilient and disease-resistant crop varieties, driving research and development in seed technology. It also underscored the need for advanced farming techniques, creating opportunities for precision agriculture and smart seed solutions to gain traction in the post-pandemic world.




Market Size Available

2023 to 2029

Base Year


Forecast Period

2024 to 2029



Segments Covered

Crop, Availability, Seed Treatment, Seed Trait, Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

Monsanto Company (Now part of Bayer AG), Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience (Formerly DowDuPont), BASF SE, Limagrain, KWS SAAT SE, Groupe InVivo, Sakata Seed Corporation, Enza Zaden, Rijk Zwaan, Burrus Seed Farms, Land O'Lakes, Inc. (WinField United), Takii & Co., Ltd., DLF Seeds, Emerald Seed Company, Delta Seeds, Gansu Dunhuang Seed Co., Ltd., Nunhems (Bayer Crop Science)



Global Seed Market Analysis By Crop

The field crops segment had the major share of the global market in 2023 and is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR during the forecast period. Field crops often dominate the seed market due to their extensive cultivation and critical role in global food production. They are typically grown in large acreages, providing a consistent and stable demand for seeds. Maize, wheat, and rice, for instance, are staple crops for billions of people and serve as primary sources of calories. High-yielding and disease-resistant field crop seeds are continually in demand to meet global food security needs.

The fruit and vegetable segment had a considerable share of the worldwide seed market in 2023 and is predicted to register a notable CAGR during the forecast period. While fruit and vegetable crops occupy a smaller portion of cultivated land compared to field crops, they have experienced increased demand, especially in regions with growing urban populations and consumer preferences for fresh produce. The desire for diverse, nutrient-rich diets has fuelled the seed market for fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, organic and home gardening trends have boosted the popularity of these seeds.

Global Seed Market Analysis By Availability

The commercial seeds segment led the market in 2023 and is projected to grow at the largest CAGR in the seed market during the forecast period. The growth of the commercial seeds segment is primarily attributed to their accessibility and the numerous advantages they offer. These seeds are bred to exhibit specific traits, such as disease resistance, improved yield, and uniformity, which are highly desirable for modern agriculture. Their wide availability and consistency make them the preferred choice for many farmers, particularly in large-scale, commercial farming.

While saved seeds have been historically significant, their dominance has diminished over time. Modern agriculture increasingly relies on commercial seeds because of their advantages in terms of disease resistance, improved yields, and predictability. However, saved seeds are still popular among organic and sustainable agriculture practitioners, as they may better suit local conditions and are often considered more in line with traditional, non-industrial farming practices.

Global Seed Market Analysis By Seed Treatment

The treated seeds segment had the major share of the global market in 2023. Treated seeds segment is leading with the dominant market share. Treated seeds are more dominant in modern agriculture, particularly in conventional, large-scale farming. The primary reason for their dominance is the perceived economic benefits and risk reduction associated with pre-treatment. Treated seeds are typically more reliable in terms of disease and pest protection, leading to potentially higher yields and reduced crop loss.

The untreated seeds segment is expected to progress at a steady CAGR during the forecast period. Untreated seeds are favored for organic farming, as they follow the principles of organic agriculture, which minimize the use of synthetic chemicals. While they are less common in commercial agriculture, they still remain popular among home gardeners, small-scale farmers, and those who prioritize sustainability and environmental considerations.

Global Seed Market Analysis By Seed Trait

The herbicide-tolerant seeds segment is showing dominance in the global market and is estimated to hold the biggest CAGR in the global seed market, particularly for crops like soybeans and maize. The convenience of weed control through herbicides has driven their popularity. Glyphosate-tolerant crops have been widely adopted, although concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds have emerged as a challenge.

Insecticide-resistant seeds have also gained second significant traction over revenue share as they offer an effective and environmentally friendlier means of pest control. 

Stacked traits, combining multiple benefits in one seed, are increasingly being developed to address multiple challenges simultaneously. They can provide comprehensive protection and convenience to farmers. 


The Asia Pacific region holds a prominent share of the global market, with countries like China and India being major players. Due to its substantial population and high agricultural demand in these countries, Asia Pacific is a dominant market for both field crops and vegetable crops. The adoption of hybrid rice and other high-yielding seeds is a notable trend in this region.

North America, particularly the United States and Canada, has been the second dominant player in the global seed market due to the extensive use of advanced seed technologies, including genetically modified (GM) crops. High levels of mechanization, a favorable regulatory environment, and substantial agricultural land contribute to North America's dominance. 

Europe has a diverse seed market, while GM crops have faced more regulatory restrictions in Europe compared to North America; the market emphasizes non-GMO, organic, and specialty crop seeds. Certain European countries, such as France and Germany, are prominent in seed production and research, emphasizing traditional and sustainable farming practices.

Latin America has seen significant growth in the seed market, with countries like Brazil and Argentina becoming key players. The region is known for its substantial production of GM soybeans, maize, and cotton. Favorable climatic conditions and an emphasis on export-oriented agriculture contribute to Latin America's dominance in certain crop varieties.

The Middle East and Africa region exhibits diversity in its seed market. Some countries with favorable climates, like South Africa, have substantial seed industries. The region is witnessing increased demand for drought-tolerant and disease-resistant seeds due to changing climate conditions. Traditional and staple crops are often grown alongside specialty crops.


Monsanto Company (Now part of Bayer AG), Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience (Formerly DowDuPont), BASF SE, Limagrain, KWS SAAT SE, Groupe InVivo, Sakata Seed Corporation, Enza Zaden, Rijk Zwaan, Burrus Seed Farms, Land O'Lakes, Inc. (WinField United), Takii & Co., Ltd., DLF Seeds, Emerald Seed Company, Delta Seeds, Gansu Dunhuang Seed Co., Ltd., Nunhems (Bayer Crop Science) are some of the market players dominating the global seed market.


  • In 2023, Bayer Crop Science continued to invest in research and innovation, introducing new seed varieties and traits to enhance crop productivity and resilience.
  • In 2022, Syngenta AG worked on sustainable agricultural practices and the development of seeds that require fewer natural resources and have a reduced environmental impact.
  • In 2023, Corteva Agriscience focused on expanding its seed portfolio, including advanced traits and technologies for pest and disease resistance.


This research report on the global seed market has been segmented & sub-segmented based on the crop, availability, seed treatment, seed trait and region.

By Crop

  • Field Crops
  • Fruit & Vegetable Crops

By Availability

  • Commercial Seeds
  • Saved Seeds

By Seed Treatment

  • Treated
  • Untreated

By Seed Trait

  • Herbicide-Tolerant
  • Insecticide Resistant
  • Other Stacked Traits

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

what is the size of global seed market ?

As per our analysis report, the global Seed Market is expected to reach USD 11.25 billion by 2028.

what is the CAGR of global seed market?

The Global seed market is expected to be valued at a CAGR of 6.78% by the end of 2028.

what are key market players in seed market?

Monsanto Company (Now part of Bayer AG), Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience (Formerly DowDuPont), BASF SE, Limagrain, KWS SAAT SE, Groupe InVivo, Sakata Seed Corporation, Enza Zaden, Rijk Zwaan, Burrus Seed Farms, Land O'Lakes, Inc. (WinField United), Takii & Co., Ltd., DLF Seeds, Emerald Seed Company, Delta Seeds, Gansu Dunhuang Seed Co., Ltd., Nunhems (Bayer Crop Science)

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