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

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

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

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