US Seed Market Research Report And Outlook: Ken Research

How Cotton Seed Market Is Positioned in the US?

The US Cotton Seed Market is valued at USD ~ million in 2018 and in year 2017 it was valued at USD ~ million. There was a growth rate of ~% in year 2018. Market is segmented according to raw materials into two main categories including genetically modified (GM) cotton and non-GM cotton.

In year 2018 total cotton planted in the United States of America was about ~ million acres. The total area planted showed a positive growth rate of around ~% when compared with the planted area of approximately ~ million acres in year 2017.

The US is one of the top cotton producing country globally with production of ~ million LB Bales in year 2018. Cotton production showed a negative growth rate at ~% when compared with the previous year when ~ LB Bales were produced. Texas, whose 3-year average production was almost ~ million LB bales of for the years 2016 through 2018, is the leading state.

The US produced ~ tons of cotton seed in year 2018 and ~ tons of cotton seed in year 2017 with a negative growth rate of ~% in year 2018. The cotton seed market in USA is primarily driven by the demand from the oil seed industry and the demand for cotton in the textile industry. More than ~ % of the cotton grown in the US is of the Upland variety, with the rest being American Pima. The national average cottonseed spot price was USD ~ per ton in December 2018.

How Other Seed Markets Are Positioned in the US?

Sorghum production in the US is valued at ~ million bushels in the year 2018 and ~ million bushels in 2017 showing a negative growth rate of ~%. ~ Million acres of sorghum was planted in 2018, indicating a ~% increase from 2017. Overall production of sorghum in year 2018 was recorded to be nearly ~ million bushels valued at around USD ~ million. The US Sorghum seed segment was valued at USD ~ million in year 2018 and nearly USD ~ million in 2017. It recorded a growth rate of approximately ~% in year 2018.

In 2018, U.S. farmers are estimated to have produced a total of ~ billion bushels of winter, spring, and durum wheat on ~ million acres of cropland. Winter wheat production represents ~%- ~% of total U.S. production, or ~ million to more than ~ million bushels. Winter wheat seeded for harvest in 2018 is about ~ million acres. Overall production of wheat in year 2018 was recorded to be nearly ~ million bushels valued at around USD ~ million. Overall wheat seed use in year 2018 was recorded to be nearly ~ million bushels.

In 2018, rice producers planted hybrid seed on about 20%-25% of U.S. land for rice cultivation. Approximately ~ million acres of land in the US were under rice production and cultivation during 2013-2018. Productivity of rice is very high in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri and has higher productivity than the national average of ~ pounds per acre for long grain in 2018.  For medium and short grain only California had average yield higher than the country average of ~ and ~ respectively.

South Dakota produces the most oats in the US followed by North Dakota and Wisconsin. US produced on an average ~ million tonne of oat annually. The average yield of oats in the US has been ~ tonne per hectare. For grain production, the recommended seeding rate is ~ million pure live seeds per acre (approximately ~ to ~ pounds/acre). The heavier bushel weight of hull-less types, the recommended seeding rate equates to ~ to ~ pounds/acre.

The Fruit and Vegetable Seed Market is evaluated at USD ~- ~ Billion in year 2018. California, North Dakota, Idaho, etc. are the major vegetable seed markets in this region. Broccoli and spinach are highly concentrated in California. In California only ~% of farmers are producing ~% of the total broccoli crop. Almost ~% of the total volume of spinach and tomato is produced in California. The US market is a large tomato seeds market as it requires good tomato varieties for processing purposes with around ~% of total tomato crop is consumed after processing.

What are the Major Trends and Developments in the US Seed Market?

Rising Utilization of Big Data for Farm Improvements: The US seed and agriculture industry is increasingly using data analytics to improve the operational efficiency and yield of seeds and crops.

Combining Biotech and Agriculture Technology: Biotech combined with agriculture technology is being done to alter plant and seed DNA by executing tests and experiments in order to find a method of preventing the planting and harvesting issues faced by farmers.

Rising Penetration of Hydroponics Farming: Hydroponic farming is a method for growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. Hydroponic farming has resulted in better germination rates of seed and the seeds required per acre are comparatively less.

Surge in Rooftop and Urban Farming: Urban farming, also known as urban agriculture, is growing or producing food in a city or heavily populated town or municipality.

Drones and Crop Monitoring: Drones are being used for crop monitoring and seed plantation widely across the United States as a means to combat drought and other harmful environmental factors.

Consolidation of Large Suppliers: the large companies are penetrating the seed distribution channel by the process of supplier consolidation by taking two market shares of different suppliers and combining them into one big share.

Competitive Landscape in US Seed Market

The US seed market revenue at manufacturers’ price is valued at USD ~ billion in 2018. The market is largely driven by demand from corn and soybean seed market.

The market is largely concentrated with Bayer and Dow Dupont together accounting for majority of the market. They have strong presence in all major crops sown in the US Market, these mainly include, corn, soybean, vegetables, and cotton. Their strong presence in the crop protection division helps them to provide one stop solution for cropping and crop protection. These companies are also the biggest investor in R&D activities for seed development.

An estimated USD ~ billion was invested in R&D for seed business by Bayer Monsnto. The company has ~ R&D sites with more than ~ employees whereas Dow Dupont has ~ R&D facilities in crop protection and Seed business.

AgReliant brands made USD ~ million (North America Corn Seed Sales for KWS), Corn Seed (US Market): USD ~ million. Soybean Seed (US Market) USD ~ million.

Syngenta traits are developed under brand name Golden Harvest, NK seeds, Agrisure, Enogen, Agripro and Nexgrow and are major seed brands from the Syngenta group.

Bayer- Monsento Vegetable seed (Global Market) was estimated to be USD ~ million.

What is the Future of Seeds Industry in the US?

US Seed industry is expected to register a CAGR of 1.8% during the outlook period 2018-2023.

Huge consolidation in the market has reduced the number of major players in the US Seed market to less than five. In future it is less likely that more consolidation may happen among the existing top players. Many new traits and seed varieties are under development and are expected to be launched in the next five years. Enlist E3 soybean is launched in 2019 and will be ramped up in 2020.

Companies are expecting to save million in cost synergy as part of merger. Dow Dupont expected benefits from merger in terms of cost was estimated at USD ~ billion by 2021. Bayer is expecting the same synergy of USD ~ billion from its acquisition of Monsanto. Dow Dupont is expecting that sale of new products in the seed segment will add USD ~ billion in revenue. Its new product to be launched include powercore, widestrike3 etc. Bayer is planning Annual germplasm upgrades. BASF which acquired the seed business of Bayer is expected to become a significant player in the US seed industry. Demand for organic and non GMO seeds are expected to rise and being sold at premium considering the rising demand for organic vegetables and other food products.

RR2 Xtend soybean trait, first developed by Monsanto, now belongs to Bayer, but will be available from a variety of seed companies via licensing agreements in 2019.

It allows growers to spray dicamba and glyphosate postemergence over the top of the crop.

LibertyLink soybean technology confers tolerance to glufosinate (Liberty) herbicide. Bayer and MS Technologies collaborated to develop this in 2009. For the 2019 seed sales season, the technology now rests in the hands of BASF, which purchased it from Bayer as part of anti-trust remediation.

GT27 soybeans, developed by MS Technologies, Bayer and Mertec LLC, confer tolerance to glyphosate and a new HPPD/Group 27 herbicide. The trait is commercially available in 2019, but the corresponding herbicide, ALITE 27 (previously Balance Bean), is not yet registered for use in soybeans.

Key Segments Covered

By Type of Crop








Vegetable and Fruit Seeds

Based on Type:

Conventional seed

GM/ Hybrid seed

Based on Geography:










North Carolina

Other states

Key Target Audience

Seed Manufacturers

Associations and industrial bodies

Agricultural institutes and universities

Regulatory institutions

Agricultural Seed Distributors

Government Agencies

NGO’s Supporting Agricultural Growth and Activities

Venture Capitalists

Online Sales and Retailing Agencies

Time Period Captured in the Report:

Historical Period: 2013-2018

Forecast Period: 2019-2023

Companies Covered:

Bayer Group (Monsanto Company)

Dow DuPont Inc.

Syngenta Seeds, LLC

Agreliant Genetics, LLC

Key Topics Covered in the Report

Executive Summary

Research Methodology

Historical Overview

Land Under Cultivation and Production of Various Crops, 2017 and 2018

Irrigated and Non Irrigated land

US Farm Structure and Ownership Structure

Mechanization in the US Agriculture

Value Chain in the US Seed Market

Regulatory Scenario in United States Seed Market for Patent Approval

Cropping Pattern in the US Grain and Vegetables

USA Seed Market Overview and Size, 2013-2018

US Corn Seed Market, 2013-2023

US Cotton Seed Market, 2013-2023

US Soybean Seed Market, 2013-2023

US Wheat Seed Market, 2013-2023

US Sorghum Seed Market, 2013-2023

US Rice Seed Market Snapshot

US Oats Seed market Snapshot

US Fruits and Vegetable Seed Market Snapshot

Market Share and Company Profile of Major Players, 2018

Mergers and Acquisitions in US Seed Industry

List of Small Seed Companies in the US Seed Industry

Trends and Developments in USA Seed Market

SWOT Analysis

Rising Organic Farming Sector

Future Projection to the US Seed Market, 2018-2023

Analyst Recommendation

For more information on the research report, refer to below link:

US Seed Market Outlook to 2023

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