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.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM EST|2:30 PM GMTContinue reading

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

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