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South America Seed Market - Size, Share, COVID-19 Impact & Forecasts up to 2028

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  • 398 Pages
  • January 2023
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5717071
The South America Seed Market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.33%

Key Highlights

  • Largest Segment by Crop Family - Oilseeds: The high share of the oilseeds segment is driven by the large area under soybean cultivation in the region and the suitable climatic conditions for oilseed crops.
  • Largest Segment by Country - Brazil: The high share of Brazil is mainly because of the highest area under cultivation in the region. Also, the large area was supported by the high seed replacement rate.
  • Fastest-growing Segment by Crop Family - Oilseeds: The fastest growth of the oilseeds segment is driven by the adoption of transgenic soybean hybrids and increasing demand for soybean from the food and feed industries.
  • Fastest-growing Segment by Country - Brazil: The fastest growth rate of Brazil is associated with the quick adoption of modern technologies to meet the increasing demand in the domestic and international market.

Key Market Trends

Hybrids is the largest segment by Breeding Technology.

  • In FY 2022, hybrids had a larger share in the South American seed market as growers prefer hybrids to earn high profits and obtain higher yields.
  • South America has a larger share of transgenic hybrid seeds due to highly profitable crops such as corn, soybean, and alfalfa approved by the ISAAA for cultivation in South America.
  • Corn is the largest segment among hybrids as it is a high-profit crop, and growers want a higher yield with a high nutritional value and seeds that adapt quickly to different soil conditions.
  • Wheat is likely to be the fastest-growing sub-segment in the South American hybrid seed market from 2022 to 2028 as it is exported to other countries in Europe and Africa due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. European countries also use wheat to make pizza bases. Therefore, the demand for wheat seeds is expected to grow at a faster rate.
  • Alfalfa will likely be the fastest-growing forage segment from 2022 to 2028, as both transgenic and non-transgenic seeds are approved for cultivation in South America. It is used as feed due to its high protein content and is easily digestible by livestock. It has herbicide tolerance that offers protection against weeds.
  • Row crops are the major crops grown using open-pollinated varieties and hybrid derivatives in South America, accounting for 93% of the total area under OPVs in 2021, as farmers find it beneficial to use OPVs for saving and using in the next season. They also use hybrids for vegetables as they are high yielding and profitable in the short term.

Brazil is the largest segment by Country.

  • In 2022, South America is expected to have a market share of about 10.5% in the global seed market since it is an emerging agriculture market. Improved seed varieties and new technologies are available in South America.
  • South America is expected to have a share of 1% in the global protected cultivation in 2022 because medium-scale and small farmers cannot have a high initial investment, and there is no government support for setting up new greenhouse structures in South American countries. Therefore, it can restrain the growth of the protected cultivation segment during the forecast period.
  • South America's adoption rate of hybrids is expected to be more than that of open-pollinated seed varieties from 2022 to 2028 because of an increase in the yield by 10%-15%, good quality, and better quality return on investment. Therefore, hybrid seeds are expected to increase by 32% from 2022 to 2028.
  • Brazil is the leading country in South America because of the availability of improved seeds, highly profitable crops such as corn and tomato grown in the country, and new technology to increase the production of crops. Therefore, it is anticipated that market share will increase during the forecast period in South America, from 52.5% in 2022 to 53.5% in 2028.
  • In 2021, Argentina had about a 3% market share of the global seed market. Argentina is emerging in agriculture, which will increase the demand for seeds to meet the demand of farmers to grow good-quality crops.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors, such as higher yield, new technologies, and government initiatives to provide loans at low-interest rates, are expected to augment the South American seed market during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The South America Seed Market is fragmented, with the top five companies occupying 32.44%. The major players in this market are Advanta Seeds - UPL, Bayer AG, Corteva Agriscience, KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA and Syngenta Group (sorted alphabetically).

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Table of Contents



3.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition
3.2 Scope of the Study​
3.3 Research Methodology

4.1 Area Under Cultivation
4.2 Most Popular Traits
4.3 Regulatory Framework
4.4 Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

5.1 Breeding Technology
5.1.1 Hybrids Non-Transgenic Hybrids Transgenic Hybrids Herbicide Tolerant Insect Resistant Other Traits
5.1.2 Open Pollinated Varieties & Hybrid Derivatives
5.2 Cultivation Mechanism
5.2.1 Open Field
5.2.2 Protected Cultivation
5.3 Crop Type
5.3.1 Row Crops Fiber Crops Cotton Other Fiber Crops Forage Crops Alfalfa Forage Corn Forage Sorghum Other Forage Crops Grains & Cereals Corn Rice Sorghum Wheat Other Grains & Cereals Oilseeds Canola, Rapeseed & Mustard Soybean Sunflower Other Oilseeds Pulses
5.3.2 Vegetables Brassicas Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower & Broccoli Other Brassicas Cucurbits Cucumber & Gherkin Pumpkin & Squash Other Cucurbits Roots & Bulbs Garlic Onion Potato Other Roots & Bulbs Solanaceae Chilli Eggplant Tomato Other Solanaceae Unclassified Vegetables Asparagus Lettuce Okra Peas Spinach Other Unclassified Vegetables
5.4 Country
5.4.1 Argentina
5.4.2 Brazil
5.4.3 Rest Of South America

6.1 Key Strategic Moves
6.2 Market Share Analysis
6.3 Company Landscape
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Advanta Seeds - UPL
6.4.2 BASF SE
6.4.3 Bayer AG
6.4.4 Corteva Agriscience
6.4.5 DLF
6.4.6 Groupe Limagrain
6.4.7 KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA
6.4.8 Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V.
6.4.9 Sakata Seeds Corporation
6.4.10 Syngenta Group


8.1 Global Overview
8.1.1 Overview
8.1.2 Porter’s Five Forces Framework
8.1.3 Global Value Chain Analysis
8.1.4 Global Market Size and DROs
8.2 Sources & References
8.3 List of Tables & Figures
8.4 Primary Insights
8.5 Data Pack
8.6 Glossary of Terms

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Advanta Seeds - UPL
  • Bayer AG
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • DLF
  • Groupe Limagrain
  • KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA
  • Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel B.V.
  • Sakata Seeds Corporation
  • Syngenta Group