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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6083
  • Pages :160
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  • Industry : Smart Technologies

The Global Weed Control Market size was valued at US$ 30.33 Bn in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 45.08 Bn by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030.

The weed control market plays a vital role in modern agriculture and landscaping, offering solutions to manage unwanted vegetation that can compete with crops or damage natural ecosystems. With the increasing global demand for food and the need to ensure sustainable agriculture, weed management has become essential to maximize crop yields and minimize yield losses due to weed infestations. The market encompasses a wide range of products and services, including chemical herbicides, mechanical weed removal equipment, biological control agents, and integrated pest management (IPM) practices.

The rising awareness of environmental concerns and the adoption of precision agriculture techniques have driven the development of innovative and eco-friendly weed control solutions, making the market ever-evolving to meet the evolving needs of the agricultural and landscaping sectors.

As the agriculture and landscaping industries continue to grow, the weed control market is projected to expand further. Factors, such as population growth, urbanization, and changing climate patterns, have increased the demand for efficient weed management practices to protect crops, natural habitats, and public spaces. Additionally, advancements in weed control technologies, including the development of herbicide-resistant crops and precision application methods, have contributed to the market growth. While chemical herbicides remain a significant component of the market, there is a growing emphasis on sustainable and integrated approaches, promoting the use of biological agents, cultural practices, and non-chemical weed control methods.

Weed Control Market Regional Insights

  • North America: North America is the largest market for weed control, which accounted for a share of over 33.2% in 2022. North America, particularly the U.S. and Canada, has been a significant market for weed control products and services. The region has a large agricultural sector including extensive croplands and commercial farming operations. In North America, the use of herbicides and chemical weed control methods has been prevalent due to the scale of farming and the need for efficient and cost-effective solutions.
  • Europe: Europe is the second-largest market for weed control, which accounted for a share of over 27.1% in 2022, Europe is another prominent region in the weed control market. The European Union has implemented strict regulations concerning the use of pesticides, including herbicides, to promote sustainable agriculture and protect the environment. As a result, there has been a growing interest in alternative weed control methods, such as mechanical and biological control, as well as integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
  • Asia Pacific: Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing market for weed control, which accounted for a share of over 25.1% in 2022. The Asia Pacific region is witnessing significant growth in the weed control market due to the expansion of agricultural activities, increasing food demand, and the adoption of modern farming practices. In countries like China and India, where agriculture is a vital sector, the use of herbicides and other weed control products is increasing to improve crop yields and manage weed infestations.

Figure 1. Global Weed Control Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Analyst’s View Point: The global weed control market continues to grow steadily driven by the rising pressure to increase agricultural output. Weed infestation leads to significant crop loss every year pushing more farmers to adopt effective weed control practices. Conventional herbicide usage will continue to gain traction particularly in developing markets as they struggle with labor shortages. Meanwhile, non-chemical methods could see higher acceptance backed by the growing preference for organic farming worldwide.

Weed Control Market Drivers:

  • Increasing Global Food Demand: The growing global population has led to a rising demand for food production. Weeds compete with crops for nutrients, water, and sunlight, leading to reduced crop yields. As a result, farmers and agricultural industries seek effective weed control solutions to maximize crop productivity and meet the increasing food demand. According to World Bank, in 2023, initial assessments suggest that the highest point of global food insecurity occurred at 11.9% between 2020 and 2022, with a marginal improvement expected to 11.8% for 2021 to 2023 and a further decrease to 11.6% projected for 2022/23.
  • Advancements in Weed Control Technologies: The weed control market has benefited from continuous advancements in technology. From improved herbicide formulations to precision application techniques, innovative tools and equipment have made weed management more efficient and targeted. These advancements offer farmers and landscapers more effective and environment-friendly options for weed control. In 2022, According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates, the global crop losses to weeds was at around 34% annually. More effective non-chemical weed control solutions can help reduce these losses and maximize harvest yields.
  • Growing Concerns about Invasive Species: Invasive plant species can pose serious threats to natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and native plants. Governments, conservation organizations, and land managers recognize the importance of controlling invasive weeds to protect natural habitats and preserve native plant populations. According to a 2022 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), invasive alien species are considered as one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss globally, with around 25% of species threatened with extinction primarily due to invasive. 

Weed Control Market Opportunities:

  • Precision Weed Control Technologies: Advancements in precision agriculture and technology, such as satellite imagery, drones, and machine learning algorithms, enable more accurate and targeted weed control. Precision weed control technologies can detect weed infestations in real-time, allowing farmers to apply herbicides only where needed, reducing chemical usage and associated costs. Embracing precision weed control offers opportunities for companies to offer cutting-edge technologies to enhance efficiency and reduce the environmental impact. In 2022, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture, approximately 30% of crops across Americas are now lost to herbicide-resistant 'superweeds' each year. As weed resistance grows at a rate of 4-8% annually, precision technologies can help regain yield losses and ease agricultural pressures.
  • Herbicide-tolerant Crop Traits: The development of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops has revolutionized weed control practices in agriculture. Herbicide-tolerant crops allow farmers to apply specific herbicides without harming the crops, providing effective and selective weed control. Companies involved in seed technology and genetic engineering have opportunities to invest in research and develop new herbicide-tolerant crop traits to address weed management challenges. According to the FAO, approximately 30% of the global crop production is lost to weeds annually, amounting to losses of US$100 billion worldwide. Herbicide-tolerant crops address this challenge head-on by enabling crop protection from a broad spectrum of tough and invasive weed species.

Weed Control Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 30.33 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 5.8% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 45.08 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Control Methods: Chemical Weed Control, Biological Weed Control, Mechanical Weed Control, and Cultural Weed Control
  • By Application Areas: Agricultural Weed Control and Non-agricultural Weed Control
  • By Type Of Weed: Broadleaf Weeds, Grass Weeds, Sedge and Rush Weeds, and Aquatic Weeds
  • By End-Users: Farmers and Agricultural Professionals, Landscapers and Groundskeepers, Government and Municipalities, and Residential Consumers
Companies covered:

Bayer AG, BASF SE, Syngenta AG (now owned by ChemChina), Corteva Agriscience, FMC Corporation, Nufarm Limited, Dow AgroSciences (part of Corteva Agriscience), UPL Limited, Adama Agricultural Solutions (part of Syngenta Group), AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Valent U.S.A. (part of Sumitomo Chemical), Isagro S.p.A., Marrone Bio Innovations, Albaugh LLC, and Drexel Chemical Company

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Global Food Demand
  • Advancements in Weed Control Technologies
  • Expansion of Agriculture and Landscaping Industries
  • Growing Concerns about Invasive Species
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Herbicide Resistance
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Public Perception and Consumer Preferences

Weed Control Market Trends:

  • Sustainable and Eco-friendly Solutions: There is a notable shift towards sustainable and eco-friendly weed control solutions. With increased awareness of environmental concerns, consumers and industries are seeking products and practices that have minimal impact on the environment and non-target organisms. This trend has led to the development and adoption of organic herbicides, bio-based weed control agents, and precision application technologies that reduce chemical usage. Additionally, a 2021 survey of U.S. homeowners by the National Wildlife Federation found that 62% of respondents were concerned about the chemicals in traditional weed killers and willing to pay more for natural solutions. Younger consumers especially want brands that are earth-conscious.
  • Advancements in Precision Weed Control Technologies: The integration of precision agriculture technologies in weed control is a significant trend. Drones, satellite imagery, GPS-guided equipment, and machine learning algorithms enable farmers and landscapers to target weeds with high accuracy, optimizing herbicide application and reducing costs. Precision weed control technologies not only improve efficacy but also contribute to sustainable weed management. According to the United States Department of Agriculture estimates, this reduces herbicide costs by up to 70% while maintaining equal levels of control compared to traditional methods (2020 data). Sophisticated data analytics further helps predict weed pressure in future seasons so preventive and pre-emergent applications can begin even before weeds appear.

Weed Control Market Restraints:

  • Herbicide Resistance: One of the significant restraints faced by the weed control market is the development of herbicide resistance in weeds. Repeated and extensive use of specific herbicides has led to the evolution of resistant weed populations, reducing the effectiveness of these chemical treatments. Herbicide resistance poses challenges to weed control efforts, leading to the need for alternative strategies and integrated approaches to manage resistant weed species effectively.

Counterbalance: IWM (Integrated weed management) involves the combined use of chemical, biological, cultural, and mechanical control methods to manage weed populations and reduce reliance on herbicides alone. This diversification can help delay the development of resistance.

  • Environmental Concerns: Increasing awareness about environmental sustainability and the potential impact of chemical herbicides on ecosystems and non-target organisms have led to heightened environmental concerns. The use of chemical herbicides is subject to strict regulations and scrutiny, limiting the availability and application of certain herbicides. Companies in the weed control market face challenges in developing and marketing herbicides that have minimal environmental impact.

Counterbalance: The constraints and scrutiny around chemical herbicides have encouraged companies to invest more in research and development. This has led to the exploration of alternative herbicides, such as bio herbicides derived from natural sources, which might have lower environmental impacts. There's a growing trend toward sustainable agriculture and land management. Companies are increasingly looking into integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, which involve a combination of techniques like crop rotation, mulching, and biological controls, reducing the sole reliance on chemical herbicides.

Recent Developments

  • In May 2023, Bayer introduced a dedicated business unit aimed at creating innovative Precision Health products spanning various everyday health categories
  • In May 2023, Corteva Agriscience unveiled the brand name for its latest herbicide from the robust innovation pipeline: Bexoveld active. This new active ingredient provides cereal farmers with an additional tool for managing broadleaf weeds.

Key Strategic Initiatives

  • In August 2022, Corteva Agriscience and BASF SE jointly declared a long-term collaboration aimed at creating novel weed control solutions for global soybean farmers. Under this agreement, the two companies will cross-license soybean traits and concurrently develop complementary herbicide technologies. This strategic partnership will empower both entities to provide innovative solutions for the management of weeds in soybean cultivation.
  • In May 2022, FMC is acquired DuPont's worldwide portfolio of insecticides targeting chewing pests, as well as its global herbicides for cereal broadleaf crops. Additionally, FMC will obtain a significant portion of DuPont's global research and development capabilities in the field of crop protection.

Figure 2. Global Weed Control Market Share (%), By Type Of Weed, 2023


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Top Companies in the Weed Control Market

  • Bayer AG
  • Syngenta AG (now owned by ChemChina)
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • FMC Corporation
  • Nufarm Limited
  • Dow AgroSciences (part of Corteva Agriscience)
  • UPL Limited
  • Adama Agricultural Solutions (part of Syngenta Group)
  • AMVAC Chemical Corporation
  • Valent U.S.A. (part of Sumitomo Chemical)
  • Isagro S.p.A.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Albaugh LLC
  • Drexel Chemical Company

Definition: Weed control refers to the management and suppression of unwanted plants, commonly known as weeds that compete with desired crops or vegetation for resources such as nutrients, sunlight, and water. Various methods, including chemical, biological, mechanical, and cultural approaches, are employed to reduce or eliminate the growth and spread of weeds, thereby promoting the health and productivity of cultivated plants and maintaining aesthetically pleasing landscapes in non-agricultural settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Herbicide resistance development in weeds and increasing environmental concerns about chemical herbicides are the key factors hampering the growth of the weed control market.

The major factors driving the market growth include the increasing global food demand, advancements in weed control technologies, and the expansion of agriculture and landscaping industries.

The leading Type of Weed segment in the market is chemical weed control, which includes herbicides.

Some major players operating in the market include Bayer AG, BASF SE, Syngenta AG, Corteva Agriscience, FMC Corporation, and Nufarm Limited.

North America is expected to lead the market, with the U.S. and Canada being significant contributors to the region's market share.

The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of the market is expected to be approximately 5.8% from 2023 to 2030.

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