Seed Treatment Market Size & Share, by Type (Synthetic Chemical, Biologicals); Function (Seed Protection, Seed Enhancement); Application (Seed Coating, Seed Dressing, Seed Pelleting); Crop Type (Oilseeds, Cereals & Grains, Fruits & Vegetables); Stage of Seed (On-Farm, Off-Farm) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 1413
  • Published Date: Apr 11, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Seed Treatment Market size is projected to cross USD 13 billion by the end of 2036, expanding around 9% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of seed treatment was about USD 7 billion. This growth of the market is set to be dominated by growing demand for food security on account of the surging population. For instance, by 2050, farmers are estimated to grow over 55% more food calories, in contrast to the year 2009, in order to satisfy the needs of the global growing population. Hence, the demand for seed treatment is predicted to rise.

Furthermore, there have been surging advancements in seed treatment technologies, which include precision seed coating and biotechnology. Additionally, such advancements in seed treatment technologies are set to encourage a rise in efficiency, adoption, and efficacy in the agriculture industry. Hence, this factor is estimated to dominate the growth of the seed treatment market over the coming years.  

Seed Treatment Market overview
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Seed Treatment Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Launch of Policy & Regulatory Framework to Reduce Disease-Governments across the globe understand the need to enhance the productivity of crops and are hence offering funds in order to support research initiatives to boost the launch of advanced solutions for agriculture. Moreover, they are introducing integrated pest management in order to limit the dependency on chemical pesticides, avoid harmful effects on human health, and protect the environment. Hence, it is estimated to be another major factor in boosting seed treatment market growth. Moreover, various policies and incentives have been implemented by the government to dominate the demand for IPM practices in seed treatment. These initiatives include financial incentives, regulatory frameworks, and educational programs that might further encourage the utilization of environmentally friendly pest control solutions. Furthermore, regulations are launched to ensure that agriculture products meet stringent quality standards and boost consumer confidence in agriculture products.
  • Growing Adoption of Precision Framing-Precision farming is experiencing a surge in its adoption on account of the growing importance of technology. This farming method is considered to be one of the modern approaches that utilize modern technologies, including satellite imagery or field mapping, to gather data regarding the condition of the soil, weather patterns, and crop growth, which is further examined to reach precise decisions regarding planting, fertilizing, and harvesting. This modern approach is expected to increase production while saving farmers money by improving crop efficiency. Hence, it is observing growth in its demand. Further, this approach is also predicted to have great advantages for seed treatment since it could guide the farmer in seed spacing and more.
  • Growing Prevalence of Disease in Crop-On account of growing climate change and global trade, the prevalence of crop diseases and pests has risen significantly. Around the globe, close to 19% to about 39% of crop yield is damaged owing to pests and disease.  Hence, this is encouraging farmers to adopt more effective protection solutions. Seed treatments provide a dedicated solution for protecting crops from the outset. Seed treatment is a preventive strategy that enhances the strength of plants from the moment of germination, further reducing the possibility of losses.


  • Strict Government Regulations-The seed treatment market is predicted to adhere to the regulations announced by various government bodies, such as the USDA, Health Canada, the European Commission, the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA), and more. However, these regulations keep changing with the change in geography, making it difficult for the producer to adhere to them. As a result, the growth of the market for seed treatment might be restricted.
  • Growing Disruption in the Supply Chain of Raw Materials
  • Lack of Awareness Regarding Seed Treatment Among Farmers -Farmers in developing countries lack awareness regarding crop disease and its prevention. Moreover, poor farmers have limited knowledge regarding the schemes offered by the government, hence restraining themselves from adopting modern approaches. Hence, this factor is predicted to hinder the seed treatment market expansion for seed treatment.

Seed Treatment Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 7 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 13 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Seed Treatment Segmentation

Function (Seed Protection, Seed Enhancement)

The seed protection segment in the seed treatment market is predicted to gather the highest revenue share of over 60% over the forecast period. This segment in the market is set to be dominated by growing demand for insecticides and fungicides. Insecticides safeguard seeds from harmful pests, hence further influencing healthier plant growth, while fungicides deal with fungal pathogeny. Hence, with the growing demand for high-quality seeds, the segment is expected to experience growth.  

Application (Seed Coating, Seed Dressing, Seed Pelleting)

The seed dressing segment is projected to generate the highest share in the seed treatment market of over 50% over the coming years. This growth of the segment is set to be dominated by growing seed infections, such as foliar infections. Hence, further steps have been taken by several countries to control its spread. For instance, in 2023, the NC State Soybean Extension and Pathology programs organized foliar fungicide trials in all parts of North Carolina. Field studies were conducted in the counties of Sampson, Union, and Yadkin. Seven distinct fungicide formulations were administered at R3 together with a nontreated control as a check. Hence, the segment for seed coating is expected to surge.

Type (Synthetic Chemical, Biologicals)

The synthetic chemical segment in the seed treatment market is anticipated to gather the highest share of over 55% over the coming years. This is because the time required to control the pest disease is shorter with the use of synthetic chemicals in contrast to biological solutions. Seeds that are treated with resistance-inducing chemicals, including jasmonic acid, salicylic acid, and more, demonstrate long-lasting protection for plants.

However, synthetic chemicals are also estimated to have adverse effects on the environment, which is why the biological segment is estimated to have notable growth in the years to come. Further, in order to improve the efficiency of the biologicals, various research is set to be performed.  

Our in-depth analysis of the global seed treatment market includes the following segments:


  • Synthetic Chemical
  • Biologicals


  • Seed Protection
  • Seed Enhancement


  • Seed Coating
  • Seed Dressing
  • Seed Pelleting

          Crop Type

  • Oilseed
  • Cereals & Grains
  • Fruits & Vegetables

          Stage of Seed

  • On-Farm
  • Off-Farm

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Seed Treatment Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The Asia Pacific seed treatment market is expected to account for 35% of the revenue share by 2036. This growth of the market in this region is set to be dominated by a growing urban population. For instance, approximately the globe's 2.2 billion individuals currently dwell in the Asia region. Furthermore, it is predicted that this population in Asia’s urban region might rise by 50%. This indicates that more than 1.2 billion individuals will be added. As a result, the demand for food is also growing. Further, the production of pesticides is also growing in this region, which might additionally boost the growth of the market. Moreover, Asia Pacific is witnessing growth in organic agricultural practices in the coming years. Hence, this influences the demand for bio-based agricultural products, which is further predicted to dominate seed treatment market expansion. 

European Market Analysis

The Europe seed treatment market is predicted to have notable growth during the forecast period. This is set to be dominated by growing awareness among farmers regarding the benefits of seed treatment in this region. Further, the demand for corn in this region is growing significantly to meet the demand for biofuels. In addition, this demand for biofuels is because the government in this region is launching strict regulations to reduce the emission of CO2. Therefore, to protect corn from further damage, the adoption of seed treatment is predicted to rise in this region over the coming years.

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Companies Dominating the Seed Treatment Landscape

    • Bayer AG
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Oerth Bio
    • Syngenta Crop Protection AG 
    • DOW
    • Dupont
    • Nufarm Ltd.
    • FMC Corporation
    • Arysta Lifescience
    • UPL Ltd
    • Incotec


In The News

  • January 19, 2023: Bayer and Oerth Bio, the agricultural biotech company made an announcement of a new collaboration to develop high sustainable products PROTAC for crop protection. This novel and unique product is predicted to be a game-changer for the agriculture sector to reduce the environmental impact of the chemical. 
  • May 17, 2022: Syngenta Crop Protection’s Seedcare launched a novel technology VICTRATO, offering a powerful combination of nematode and disease control for to boost crop quality and output while maintaining the long-term health of their soil.

Author Credits:  Shivam Bhutani, Anil Kumar

  • Report ID: 1413
  • Published Date: Apr 11, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are growing launch of policy & regulatory framework to reduce disease, growing adoption of precision farming, and growing prevalence of disease in crop.

The market size of seed treatment is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 9% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Bayer AG, Oerth Bio, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, DOW, and others.

The seed protection segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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