Seed Colorant Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Application (Preharvest, Pre And Postharvest), By Formulation (Powder, Liquid), By Crop Type (Grains And Cereals, Oil Seeds, Fruits And Vegetables, Turf And Ornamentals), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : May 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061615303
  • Pages : 144

The seed colorant market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.27% reaching a market size of US$1,623.92 million in 2029 from US$931.237 million in 2022.

Seed colorants are dyes and pigments coated on the seed's skin to differentiate them based on application and seed treatment. To distinguish distinct brands, uses, genetic features, and technological advancements, many marketed row crop, vegetable, grass, and flower seeds are sold with colored coatings. Regulatory bodies like EPA have also made it mandatory to use certain colors to coat the seeds. A few examples of common seed coat colours include red, green, and blue pigments.

When large amounts of seeds are handled, seed colorants are used to decrease dust management and improve seed flowability. Additionally, they can be used to increase seed-to-soil contact, seedling emergence, and seedling survival by acting as efficient, highly sticky transporters for seed treatments. Seed colorants also improve the bulk density of the seeds for fly-over applications of grass seeds from aircraft, resulting in less wind drift and more precision for cover cropping. Therefore growing demand for seed treatment, along with progress in seed technology, is contributing to the global market expansion. The population boom has resulted in burgeoning demand for food crops and grains, positively contributing to global market operations. In addition, the rising use of non-GMO and hybrid seeds has provided massive opportunities for key market players in this industry.

Rising advancement in seed pigment

Significant population growth has led to a huge demand for high-yielding, nutritious food crops and grains to feed society. This has led to a growing demand for chemically treated seeds to protect them from any pest attacks as huge amounts of crops are lost due to pest attacks. FAO estimates that between 20 and 40 percent of the world's crop yield is lost each year to pests. Plant diseases cost the world economy over US$220 billion annually, and invasive insects cost the economy about US$70 billion. Seed colorants protect the seed from dust and other microbes and are usually applied to insecticide-treated seeds.

The level of awareness among farmers on seed treatment and related technologies have been increasing due to friendly government policies. For example, the Indian government introduced a nationwide programme on pesticide industry organizations such as Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Central Integrated Pest Management Centres, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, NGOs that will ensure 100% seed treatment is done for all major crops.

Growing demand for food products globally

The market for seed coating colorants is expanding due to rising food demand. The number of people residing in a specific geographic area is referred to as the population. Increased food production can be achieved through seed coating, which also helps to increase crop yields through improved food quality and seed germination. Consequently, as food demand rises, so does the need for colorants used in seed coating. For example, in 2022, the consumer price index (CPI) for all food items increased by 10.4% from December 2021 to December 2022, as reported by the US Department of Agriculture, a US-based Federal government department. Food prices determine demand. So, increasing food consumption has been responsible for driving up the need for seed-coating dyes.

Increase in pest infestation

Pest infestation has led to an expected rise in the market for seed-coating colorants. Thus, protective agents that are infused with colorants for seed coating provide better crop protection, reduce dependence on external pest control methods and enhance productivity in crops. By being proactive and targeted in approach; these colorants offer a cost-effective long-term solution to farmers. In addition, plant diseases alone cost the world economy more than $220 billion annually, and invasive insects cause losses of about $70 billion. Consequently, the market for seed-coating colorants is expected to grow in the future due to the rise in pest infestation.

North America is witnessing exponential growth during the forecast period

The United States holds the largest share of the North American market for seed colorants, followed by Canada and Mexico. The US has a significant market share because of mandatory government laws requiring treated seeds to be coloured and technological developments. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency's requirement that seed colorants be used on treated seeds, along with the growing demand for premium seeds, are the main drivers of the Canadian seed colorant market's expansion. The seed colorant market in the region is being driven by the expansion of the seed treatment industry as well as the launch of novel products.

Market key launches

  • In September 2023, Syngenta Canada Inc. announced the approval of Vibrance® Total, a new fungicide pulse seed treatment that provides the most comprehensive and advanced level of protection available on the market. Vibrance Total offers broad-spectrum disease control with five modes of action, including improved defence against Ascochyta blight. Growers can effectively protect themselves against 13 different Pythium species that are present in the soils of western Canada by using Vibrance Total, the only pulse seed treatment available that contains the new active ingredient picarbutrazox. A dangerous pulse root pathogen, pyrthium can threaten up to 50% of plant stand by infecting seeds and seedlings prior to emergence.
  • In February 2023, the acquisition of Bois Valor, a French agricultural biotech firm that focused on foliar biostimulants, seed coating technology and seed treatments by Olimax Group. With bio-sourced solutions for soil and plant health as well as seed preservation in its portfolio, Olmix is seeking to accelerate its growth and contribute to the transition to more sustainable agriculture models amidst rapidly changing social, energy and climate situations.


  • By Application
    • Preharvest
    • Pre and Postharvest
  • By Formulation
    • Powder
    • Liquid
  • By Crop Type
    • Grains and Cereals
    • Oil Seeds
    • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Turf and Ornamentals
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The seed colorant market is expected to reach a total market size of US$1,623.92 million by 2029.
Seed Colorant Market was valued at US$931.237 million in 2022.
The global seed colorant market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.27% over the forecast period.
North America is anticipated to hold a significant share of the global seed colorant market due to the rapid progress and seed treatment and coating technologies.
The rapid advancement in seed treatment and technology will support the global seed colorant market growth.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline

1.8. Key Benefits to the Stakeholder


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Processes


3.1. Key Findings


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

4.5. Analyst View


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Preharvest

5.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.2.2. Growth Prospects

5.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

5.3. Pre and Postharvest

5.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.3.2. Growth Prospects

5.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Powder

6.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.2.2. Growth Prospects

6.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.3. Liquid

6.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.3.2. Growth Prospects

6.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Grains and Cereals

7.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.2.2. Growth Prospects

7.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

7.3. Oil Seeds

7.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.3.2. Growth Prospects

7.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

7.4. Fruits and Vegetables

7.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.4.2. Growth Prospects

7.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

7.5. Turf and Ornaments

7.5.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.5.2. Growth Prospects

7.5.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. By Application

8.2.2. By Formulation

8.2.3. By Crop Type

8.2.4. By Country United States Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Canada Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Mexico Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

8.3. South America

8.3.1. By Application

8.3.2. By Formulation

8.3.3. By Crop Type

8.3.4. By Country Brazil Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Argentina Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. By Application

8.4.2. By Formulation

8.4.3. By Crop Type

8.4.4. By Country United Kingdom Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Germany Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects France Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Spain Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

8.5. Middle East and Africa

8.5.1. By Application

8.5.2. By Formulation

8.5.3. By Crop Type

8.5.4. By Country Saudi Arabia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects UAE Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Israel Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. By Application

8.6.2. By Formulation

8.6.3. By Crop Type

8.6.4. By Country Japan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects China Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects India Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects South Korea Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Indonesia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Taiwan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Market Share Analysis

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Competitive Dashboard


10.1. BASF SE

10.2. Bayer CropScience

10.3. Croda International PLC

10.4. Clariant

10.5. Precision Laboratories

10.6. Chromatech Incorporated

10.7. Germains Seeds Technology

10.8. Centor Group


Bayer CropScience

Croda International PLC


Precision Laboratories

Chromatech Incorporated

Germains Seeds Technology

Centor Group

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