Definition of Market/Industry:
Soil active herbicides are the herbicides which act on the roots, seeds and shoots of the plant. These are incorporated with the soil and therefore help in controlling the growth of unwanted plants and weeds. The soil active herbicides are active within the soil for a specific amount of time and are applied by the farmers both before and after the plantation of crops.
The soil active herbicides market was valued at US$ 8,508.9 Mn in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 12956.3 Mn by the end of 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).
Herbicides are highly useful in controlling the germination of weeds in various kinds of agricultural fields such as horticulture and agronomic crops. Herbicides are applied to specific areas, where other methods of weed control are not applicable. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in 2017, the average use of herbicides per area of cropland in China was 13.07 kg/ha. These herbicides have numerous benefits in terms of crop protection, the preservation of materials and food, along with prevention from several vector borne diseases.
The effectiveness of these herbicides is dependent on several factors such as decomposition of soil, the contact of weed affected parts with treated soil and active absorption of herbicides by the plant. Furthermore, the herbicides inhibit or kill the weeds and are not harmful for the crops beyond the point of economic recovery.
Figure 1. Global Soil Active Herbicides Market Share (%), By Region, 2018
The composition of the soil has an impact on the herbicidal activity by means of soil herbicide binding, vapor loss and leaching. The persistence of herbicides is also influenced by the chemical property of soil such as the pH. The effectiveness of the soil active herbicides is also impacted by the microbial aspects of soil environment which includes the abundance and types of microorganisms present in the soil.
It is expected that there would be a tremendous increase in demand for high quality food owing to the growing population and the ever changing dietary patterns of the consumers. For instance, the food and agriculture organization (FAO) has stated that the global population would reach ten billion by 2050.
Market Trends/Key Takeaways
Farmers can use herbicides for crops based on the crop’s chemical characteristics which includes absorptivity, herbicide half-life and water solubility among others. Scientists are focused on the use of advanced biotechnology with the objective of developing crop varieties and increasing the tolerance of herbicides for the crops.
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