Biopesticides Are Going to Pot — But That’s Good News for the Market

Many analysts predict that the global market for biopesticides will double over the next five years — but much of this growth won’t come from traditional markets.  

“Medical marijuana,” says Dennis Fugate, Industry Manager for our Agriculture and Specialty Pesticide practice, “is one of the more unusual markets fueling the increased demand for biopesticides.” Because the compounds that are used in biopesticides have very specific modes of action, they don’t affect non-targeted organisms, making them very appealing to growers of medical marijuana. And, because biopesticides don’t leave behind dangerous residues, they’ve become equally as appealing to users of medical marijuana.

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Technology to the Rescue: Drones Will Help Control Mosquitos

Technology to the Rescue: Drones Will Help Control Mosquitoes

The use of drones is expected to increase in the never-ending effort to control mosquitoes, according to new research by Kline.

The unmanned aerial vehicles allow for more direct targets of application and reduce potential exposure of chemicals to applicators. Currently, drones are mostly used for scouting missions and to photograph areas of potential water accumulation; they’re also useful in larvicide treatments. Kline forecasts a steady growth of almost 2.4% over the next five years overall; in fact, 50% of respondents said they planned to use drones in the near future. Meanwhile, 25% planned to increase their use of larvicides to control mosquitoes, and another 25% said they planned to use more traps and monitors. Just over 15% of respondents said they were looking at increasing their coverage area to provide more effective control.

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Global Biostimulants: An Overview of the Market and Use

Biostimulants Market Requires Cultivation, Yet is Poised for Double-digit Growth through 2020

The current biostimulants market is estimated at over $1 billion at the end user level in seven key markets analyzed by Kline’s upcoming report, Global Biostimulants: An Overview of the Market and Use. Field crops is the largest use of biostimulants, followed closely by fruit and vegetable crops. The combined countries of Europe have the largest use of biostimulants and are about as large as the collective total use in the United States and Brazil.

There is no strict legal or regulatory definition of plant biostimulants anywhere in the world, which often leads to confusion on the marketplace, but it is generally accepted that biostimulants are or come from natural sources. However, this description often builds a gray line between biopesticides, fertilizers, and biostimulants, as some materials classified as biopesticides work by enhancing or activating a plant’s own defense mechanisms; however, they may also increase root growth or abiotic stress resistance. Similarly, some biostimulants have nutritional value or are included in fertilizers to increase nutrient uptake and are sold as fertilizers, sometimes with and sometimes without biostimulant claims.Continue reading

Leading Distributors in U.S. Crop Protection and In-season Market Update

Free Webinar – U.S. Leading Distributors in Crop Protection and In-Season Market Update

Join Joe Prochaska, Project Manager in Kline’s Agriculture/Specialty Pesticides practice as he presents insights and observations from Kline’s recently published  Leading Distributors in the U.S. Crop Protection Industry: A Strategic Market Analysis and Crop Protection In-season Market Update: U.S. Market Analysis reports.

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Global Biopesticides: An Overview of Natural and Microbial Pesticides

Free Webinar Global Biopesticides: An Overview of Natural, Biochemical, and Microbial Pesticides

Join Mancer Cyr, Senior Associate of Kline’s Agriculture/Specialty Pesticides Practce as he presents insights from Kline’s Global Biopesticides: An Overview of Natural and Microbial Pesticides report on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 9:30 AM EDT

At $1.6 billion, the bio-pesticide segment of the market is still less than 5% of the global crop protection market, but is projected to increase its share over the next ten years.  The main growth driver behind recent growth is the advent of microbial seed treatments on field crops such as corn, soybeans and cotton. Continue reading

Free Webinar – Key Trends and Insights in U.S. Crop Protection and Specialty Fruits and Vegetables

Join Joseph Prochaska, Project Manager of Kline’s Agriculture/Specialty Pesticides Practice on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 9:30 AM EDT as he presents insights into two vital segments within the United States crop industry. He will identify key trends in Crop Protection as well as what is driving the Specialty Fruits and Vegetables market. Findings from Kline’s recently published Crop Protection Manufacturers Report: A Strategic Market Analysis of the U.S. Crop Protection Industry and Specialty Fruits and Vegetables Market: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities reports will be discussed.Continue reading

Global Specialty Pesticides Market

Biological Nematicides Settling in the Global Specialty Pesticides Market

The emergence of field crops as a fast-growing segment with biological nematicides as the quickest growing control method is the overriding trend from 2009 to the present. Since 2009, the market has grown nearly 20%, with most of the growth in field crops and biological products occurring in the United States, according to the recently published Nematicide Market: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities report from global market research and management consulting firm Kline.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

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