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The global market for seed treatment comprises chemical agents, including insecticides, fungicides and other chemicals and biological agents, of which chemical agents form the most dominant application segment. Biological seed treatment agents include applications that are derived from renewable resources and contain natural active ingredients. These seed treatment agents have no adverse impact on the environment, workers and consumers in comparison to chemical agents, as a consequence of which demand for them is forecast to witness the fastest growth. Worldwide, chemical agents dominate the market for seed treatments, cornering an estimated share of 93.9% in 2013, with demand for the same projected to reach US$3.4 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 6.4% between 2014 and 2020. Within this application category, insecticides constitute the largest sub-category, with an estimated 2014 share of 50.5% of overall seed treatment demand. However, fungicide seed treatments are slated to witness the fastest CAGR of 7.1% during 2014-2020 in reaching a projected demand of US$1.3 billion by 2020. The global market for biological seed treatment agents is slated to outpace chemical agents by posting a robust CAGR of 7.6% over the similar period to reach a projected US$240.6 million by 2020.

By region, North America dominates the global seed treatment market, with a share estimated to be 48.2% in 2014, though Asia-Pacific’s demand for these compounds is likely to emerge as the fastest growing with a compounded annual rate of 8.4% during 2014-2020.

Corn/maize is the most widely crop seed to be treated with these compounds, accounting for an estimated share of 31% in 2014. In terms of growth, however, the market for seed treatment for soybeans is likely to be the fastest in compounding annually at 7.1% between 2014 and 2020.

The market for seed treatment gains in significance due to a number of factors, prominent among which are agronomic trends that comprise development of high quality seeds through the enhanced potential offered by genetically modified organisms (GMOs), changes in climatic conditions, increasing rates of crop rotation, flexibility in sowing approaches and greater pressure from regulatory requirements. Primary requirements of seed treatment include capability of offering good protection during the germination period, supporting early plant development and enhancing stress tolerance at an early stage. These can be achieved by improving the quality of seed treatment products that offer ease of application at low rates. In short, it may be summed up that the foundation for the future lies in the concept of innovation in seed treatment.

The greatest prospects for seed treatment lie in maximizing the plant’s generic potential through bespoke solutions, which need a combination of crop protection, innovation and crop solution techniques. Of these, the first encompasses conventional techniques of foliar and seed disinfection, the second involves existing techniques for enhancing seed vitality through innovative application technologies and the third covers crop management through using innovative technology for genetics/traits.

Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and BASF are the top three players in the global seed treatment market, with all of them having an extensive portfolio of agricultural products and solutions. While BioWorks Inc, Advanced Biological Marketing Inc and Valent USA Corp are comparatively smaller players, they offer the potential of becoming big game changers in the area of seed treatment in future. Each company has adopted an individual approach in terms of strategy for future growth. A few have focused on horizontal growth by expanding their presence in emerging markets that offer greatest scope for future prospects, while yet others have been content to operate within their established boundaries and go in for vertical growth by concentrating on innovations in the area of products and solutions.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the global market for seed treatment based on application segment that includes chemical agents (insecticides, fungicides and other chemicals) and biological agents. The other area analyzed includes crop type undergoing seed treatment, including corn/maize, soybeans, wheat, rice, canola, cotton and other crops. Companies covered in the report include Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd (Formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd), Advanced Biological Marketing Inc, BASF SE, Becker Underwood, Bayer CropScience AG, BioWorks Inc, BrettYoung Limited, Chemtura AgroSolutions, DuPont, Germains Seed Technology, INCOTEC Group BV, INTX Microbials LLC, Monsanto Company, Novozymes A/S, Nufarm Ltd, Plant Health Care, Precision Laboratories LLC, Syngenta International AG, Valent USA Corporation and Wolf Trax Inc.

Table Of Contents

Global Seed Treatment Market - Growth, Trends And Forecasts (2014 - 2019)
1. Global Market Overview
1.1 Seed Treatment: An Introduction
1.1.1 Seed Treatment Defined
1.2 Seed Treatment: A Current and Future Perspective
1.2.1 Current Trends in Seed Treatment
1.2.2 What the Future of Seed Treatment Holds
1.3 Seed Statistics
1.3.1 Exports
1. 3.2 Imports
1.4 Global Market for Seed Treatment
1.4.1 By Region
1.4.2 By Application Segment
1.4.3 By Crop Type
1.5 Global Market Overview of Application Segment by Region
1.5.1 Seed Treatment Chemical Agents Seed Treatment Insecticides Seed Treatment Fungicides Other Seed Treatment Chemicals
1.5.2 Biological Agents
1.6 Global Market Overview of Crop Type by Region
1.6.1 Corn/Maize
1.6.2 Soybeans
1.6.3 Wheat
1.6.4 Rice
1.6.5 Canola
1.6.6 Cotton
1.6.7 Other Crops

2. Introduction, Application Segment and Crop Type
2.1 What is Seed Treatment?
2.1.1 Contemporary Seed Treatments
2.1.2 Good Seed Treatment Practice
2.1.3 The Role of Seed Treatment
2.1.4 Development of Seed Treatments
2.1.5 Seed Treatment and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
2.1.6 Active Ingredient Loading into the Environment Reduced
2.1.7 Methods of Applying Seed Treatments Seed Dressing Seed Coating Seed Pelleting
2.1.8 User Expectations Addressed
2.2 Seed Treatment by Application Segment
2.2.1 Chemical Agents Insecticides Carbofuran Imidacloprid Thiamethoxam Fungicides Carbendazim Carboxin Fludioxonil Mefenoxam Tebuconazole Thiram Other Chemicals 1,3-Dichloropropene Abamectin Aldicarb Chloropicrin Dazomet Ethoprop Ethylene Dibromide Fenamiphos Fensulfothion Metam-Sodium Methyl Isothiocyanate OxamyI Terbufos Thionazin
2.2.2 Biological Agents
2.3 Seed Treatments on Select Crop Types
2.3.1 Corn
2.3.2 Soybeans
2.3.3 Oats, Wheat and Barley
2.3.4 Potatoes
2.3.5 Peanuts
2.3.6 Sweet Corn
2.3.7 To Conclude

3. Market Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities
3.1 Major Drivers for the Seed Treatment Market
3.1.1 Seed Costs Going Skywards
3.1.2 Price and Weather Volatility
3.1.3 Increase in Farm Sizes
3.1.4 Crop Rotations Getting Shorter
3.1.5 Greater Use of Multi-Component Products
3.1.6 Companies and Suppliers Join the Party
3.2 Key Factors Restraining the Seed Treatment Market
3.2.1 Concerns for the Environment
3.2.2 Imbalance Between Cost and Effectiveness
3.2.3 Limited Dose Capacity
3.2.4 Limited Duration of Protection
3.2.5 Treated Seed Having Limited Shelf Life
3.2.6 Phytotoxicity
3.3 Opportunities for the Seed Treatment Market
3.3.1 Biological Seed Treatment Agents Fostering Growth
3.3.2 Prospects for Seed Treatment Growth Fastest in Asia-Pacific
3.4 Market Scenarios for Seed Treatment

4. Regional Market Analysis
4.1 North America
4.1.1 The United States An Overview of the US Seed Industry Major Markets for US Seed Africa Argentina Asia-Pacific Americas - North, Central and South Brazil China Eastern Europe European Union India Mexico
4.1.2 Canada Canada's Seed Industry: An Appraisal Outlook for Major Field Crops
4.1.3 Mexico An Overview of the Mexican Grain and Feed Industry An Overview of the Mexican Oilseeds Industry
4.2 Europe
4.2.1 An Overview of the European Seed Industry Grains and Corn Oilseeds Forage Sugar Beets Potatoes France An Overview of the French Seed Industry Germany An Appraisal of the German Seed Industry Italy Italian Imports and Exports of Seeds The United Kingdom The United Kingdom Seed Industry: An Overview Marketing Agricultural and Vegetable Seed Varieties Rest of Europe Czech Republic The Netherlands Poland Russia Switzerland
4.3 Asia-Pacific
4.3.1 Australia Australian Statistics
4.3.2 China Chinese Seed Industry: An Overview Planting Seeds Corn Rice Wheat Cotton Import and Export Statistics Oilseeds
4.3.3 India An Overview of India's Oilseed Industry Production Consumption Trade
4.3.4 Japan Japanese Oilseed Industry: An Appraisal Production Consumption Trade
4.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific Indonesia Wheat Corn Rice Malaysia Wheat Corn Rice Thailand Rice Corn Wheat
4.4 South America
4.4.1 Argentina Argentine Oilseeds Industry Soybean Sunflower Seed Peanuts
4.4.2 Brazil Brazilian Grain Feed Industry Wheat Corn Rice Brazilian Oilseeds Industry
4.4.3 Rest of South America Peru: Grain and Feed Overview
4.5 Rest of World
4.5.1 South Africa Grain and Feed Oilseeds

5. Market Share Analysis
5.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
5.1.1 Syngenta
5.1.2 Bayer CropScience
5.1.3 BASF
5.1.4 Monsanto
5.2 Perspective Based on Strategic Activities of Companies in the Recent Past
5.2.1 Leading Three Players Bayer CropScience BASF SE Syngenta International AG
52.2 Other Players BioWorks Inc Advanced Biological Marketing Inc Valent USA Corp

6. Company Profiles
6.1 Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd (Formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd) (Israel)
6.1.1 Business Profile
6.1.2 Financials
6.1.3 Seed Treatment Product Portfolio
6.2 Advanced Biological Marketing Inc (United States)
6.2.1 Business Profile
6.2.2 Product Portfolio
6.2.3 Strategic Developments
6.3 BASF SE (Germany)
6.3.1 Business Profile
6.3.2 Financials
6.3.3 Product Portfolio
6.3.4 Strategic Developments
6.3.5 Becker Underwood (United States) Business Profile Product Portfolio
6.4 Bayer CropScience AG (Germany)
6.4.1 Business Profile
6.4.2 Financials
6.4.3 Product Portfolio
6.4.4 Strategic Developments
6.5 BioWorks Inc (United States)
6.5.1 Business Profile
6.5.2 Product Portfolio
6.5.3 Strategic Developments
6.6 BrettYoung Limited (Canada)
6.6.1 Business Profile
6.6.2 Seed Treatment Product Portfolio
6.6.3 Strategic Developments
6.7 Chemtura AgroSolutions (United States)
6.7.1 Business Profile
6.7.2 Financials
6.7.3 Product Portfolio
6.8 DuPont (United States)
6.8.1 Business Profile
6.8.2 Financials
6.8.3 Product Portfolio
6.9 Germains Seed Technology (United Kingdom)
6.9.1 Business Profile
6.9.2 Technology Portfolio
6.10 INCOTEC Group BV (The Netherlands)
6.10.1 Business Profile
6.10.2 Technology Portfolio
6.11 INTX Microbials LLC (United States)
6.11.1 Business Profile
6.11.2 Product Portfolio
6.12 Monsanto Company (United States)
6.12.1 Business Profile
6.12.2 Financials
6.12.3 Product Portfolio
6.13 Novozymes A/S (Denmark)
6.13.1 Business Profile
6.13.2 Biocontrol Product Portfolio
6.14 Nufarm Ltd (Australia)
6.14.1 Business Profile
6.14.2 Financials
6.14.3 Product Portfolio
6.14.4 Strategic Developments
6.15 Plant Health Care (United Kingdom)
6.15.1 Business Profile
6.15.2 Product Portfolio
6.16 Precision Laboratories LLC (United States)
6.16.1 Business Profile
6.16.2 Seed Treatment and Enhancement Product Portfolio
6.16.3 Strategic Developments
6.17 Syngenta International AG (Switzerland)
6.17.1 Business Profile
6.17.2 Financials
6.17.3 Product Portfolio
6.17.4 Strategic Developments
6.18 Valent USA Corporation (United States)
6.18.1 Business Profile
6.18.2 Product Portfolio
6.18.3 Strategic Developments
6.19 Wolf Trax Inc (Canada)
6.19.1 Business Profile
6.19.2 Product Portfolio

7. Regulatory Environment
7.1 United States
7.1.1 Safety in Use of Seed Treatment Products and Safety in Handling and Transport of Treated Seeds
7.1.2 Environmental Stewardship
7.1.3 Selection of Product to be Used for Treatment
7.1.4 Commercial Application of Seed Applied Technology
7.1.5 Labeling of Treated Seed
7.1.6 Storing Seed Treatment Products and Treated Seeds
7.1.7 Commercial Treated Seed Plantation
7.2 European Union

8. Appendix

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