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