Japanese Seed Treatment Market Overview

Japanese Seed Treatment Market Overview

The market for seed treatment products in rice areas in Japan approaches USD 48 million at the manufacturers’ level applied to approximately 1.54 million base hectares in 2013.

Seed treatment represents approximately 8% of the Japanese market for fungicide, insecticide, and fungicide/insecticide products applied in rice, valued at roughly USD 611 million distributor-level values in 2013. The market for foliar, planter box, and in-furrow fungicide and insecticides represents the remaining percentage of total sales to control disease and pests in rice.

As a result of a slight increase in planted area and favorable yields due to generally positive weather conditions throughout the growing season, overall rice production volume increased over the previous year. Likewise, bullish wholesale prices encouraged increased planting in 2013.Continue reading

Chinese Seed Treatment Market Overview

Chinese Seed Treatment Market Overview

In 2013, over 100,000,000 hectares of crops are planted in China that can be treated by seed treatment agents. Central China has the largest planted area accounting for over 40% of total planted acreage, followed by Northern China with over 30% and Southern China with over 20%.

An estimated 46.1% of the planted acreage in 2013 are treated with seed treatment agents, either on-farm or off-farm. Corn is the crop with the largest seeds treating acreage, 34,000,000 hectares are treated by agents, representing above 95% of the acreage planted with corn.Continue reading

Italian Seed Treatment Market

Italian Seed Treatment Market

The sales value of the seed treatment market in Italy based on corn and potatoes is estimated at EUR 4.0 million in 2013. Potatoes have a much smaller area treated, but a significantly larger amount per hectare value, resulting in a larger sales value.

Corn and potatoes have the largest amount of hectares treated in Italy in 2013, with approximately 90% of the corn and about 80% planted potatoes receiving a seed treatment application. These seed treatments can be fungicide only, followed by an insecticide seed treatment application, or the two can be applied in a combination treatment.

The most used seed treatment fungicide on a hectare treated basis is Syngenta’s Celest XL, used mainly on corn, accounting for over 90% of the seed treatment fungicide market in Italy.Continue reading

French Seed Treatment Market

French Seed Treatment Market

The largest market for pesticides in Europe, France is valued at over EUR 200 million in 2013. In comparison to 2012, the French seed treatment market in 2013 is steady, driven by few developments and innovations. The overall supply is adequate to the demand. In 2013, the largest seed supplier in France is Limagrain. The trend of farmers using certified seeds increases over 50% and over 40% for the save/bin run. While the popular trend toward growing hybrid seeds is taking deeper roots in 2013, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are banned from use in the country. Moreover, the French Ministry is aiming for significant reductions in the use of chemical pesticides in the country with the Phytoplan 2018, outlining vast opportunities for the biopesticides, and non chemical treatments.

Wheat has the largest number of hectares treated, accounting for over 50% of the total seed treatment value in France. Fungicides account for the largest coverage of seed treatment hectares, with over 7 million hectares treated.Continue reading

Brazilian Seed Treatment Market

Brazilian Seed Treatment Market

Agribusiness represents 20% of the Brazilian GDP. One of the factors contributing to the continuing strength of Brazil in the growing global grain market is the rapid adoption of high value seeds. With Brazilian grain production narrowly focused on maize and soybeans, virtually every seed gets treated, often more than once before it is planted.  Kline estimates that nearly 45 million hectares planted received a seed treatment in 2013. Of course, with multiple treatments and crops added, such as rice and cotton, as many as 81 million hectare treatments were made to seeds in 2013.

The total seed treatment market is over USD 600 million in 2013. In terms of seed treatment fungicides, the main fungicide on a hectare treated basis is Maxim XL.Continue reading

Brazilian Seed Treatment Market

Argentinean Seed Treatment Market

Argentina is a diverse agricultural economy, producing both grains such as maize, sorghum, and wheat, and oilseeds such as soybeans and sunflowers.  Argentina’s strategic location in the Southern half of South America give it a major role in off season crop production when no grain or oilseeds are being produced in the Northern hemisphere.  Most of the seeds planted to the broad list of crops receive a seed treatment package to address a number of threats to the seedlings.  In fact, the Argentinean seed treatment expenditures by seed producers and channel partners exceeded USD 100 million in 2013.

In general terms, the 2013/14 crop season is affected by world commodity prices, local currency valuation, export taxes and export quotas for corn and wheat, and to variable weather patterns which in the past several crop seasons has had a significant impact onproduction in different areas and crops.

Some 32 million hectares are planted with corn, sorghum, soybean, sunflower, and wheat in Argentina in 2013. A majority of corn and sunflowers are treated with seed treatment chemicals.  The average area of wheat, sorghum, and soybeans is lower, averaging 80% (wheat) to 90% (sorghum and soybeans)Continue reading

Crop Protection Industry

Crop Protection Industry Sales Remain Strong in 2013, According to Kline

Affected by prolonged rainfall, weed resistance issues, and higher manufacturing costs the U.S. crop protection industry remained strong in 2013, posting an 8.2% increase over the previous year. Net manufacturers’ sales within the crop protection industry total $9.2 billion, according to the recently published Crop Protection Manufacturers Report: A Strategic Market Analysis of the U.S. Crop Protection Industry by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company.

In anticipation of a healthy planting season, corn growers purchased high inventories of herbicides but excessive spring wetness in the Corn Belt and throughout the country caused almost 2 million acres to remain fallow and deferred spring planting, forcing some corn growers to switch to short maturity soybean varieties. The wet conditions reduced insect pressure, causing the insecticide segment to decline at a double-digit percentage while promoting disease pressure and modestly increasing fungicide sales. However, many growers halted or did not start fungicide applications as the wet weather was soon replaced by the summer time droughts. The plant growth regulators segment declines slightly as it heavily targets the cotton markets where acres planted decrease almost 16% in 2013. Continue reading

Nematicides Market

Current Trends in the Nematicides Market Make it Ripe for Growth

The idea of a package of products used instead of methyl bromide has now taken hold and found acceptance. The traditional split between high cost, low acreage fumigants, and lower cost higher acreage contact nematicides has been altered by the relatively new nematicidal treatments of corn and soybeans. This fundamental change has blended nematicides and seed treatment, formerly separate segments, and provided major growth and a new awareness of seed treatment as standalone segment.

Nematicide seed treatments are expected to continue to be used on a spectrum of crops as long as market conditions justify the treatment.Continue reading

Regulations Impact Rodenticide Sales

Regulations Impact Rodenticide Sales, sees Kline

According to the academic journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, rodents are not only among the most important global pests, but they destroy enough crop output in Asia alone to feed 200 million people while also acting as reservoirs for disease throughout the world. The journal estimates that there are about 1,700 species of rodents, but only 5% to 10% are considered major pests. According to Kline & Company, the market for chemical rodenticides exceeds $600 million and focuses on an even narrower range of rodent species to generate that market.
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Sales Grow 6.2% for Crop Protection Distributors during 2013

Sales Grow 6.2% for Crop Protection Distributors during 2013

With growth of 6.2%, the U.S. crop protection chemical industry is projected to become an $11 billion market at the distributor cost of goods sold (COGS) level during 2013, according to the recently published report Leading Distributors in the U.S. Crop Protection Industry: A Strategic Market Analysis by global consulting and research firm Kline & Company. By tracking the leading 17 distributors, the report covers over 96% of total crop protection chemicals sales within the United States. Sales reported include both private-label crop protection chemicals and adjuvants, which include surfactants, oils, water conditioners, and drift control agents.Continue reading