Soil improver, also known as a soil conditioner, refers to a material that can improve soil physical properties and promote crop nutrient absorption, but does not provide plant nutrients by itself. The principle of the effect of soil improvers is to bind many small soil particles to form large, water-stable aggregates. It is widely used to prevent soil erosion, reduce soil water evaporation or excessive transpiration, save irrigation water, and promote healthy plant growth.
The global soil conditioner market has the potential to grow with USD 3.4 billion CAGR in the forecast period from 2020-2027. The factors that are driving the market demand of global soil conditioner are shrinkage productivity in soil, rise in demand for crops, shortage of arable land due to industrialization and use of chemicals and fertilizers are propelling the market growth.
Soil conditioner is a material mainly used to improve the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the soil, making it more suitable for plant growth, rather than a substance that provides primarily plant nutrients.
Moreover, Soil amendments have the effect of maintaining soil moisture and increasing temperature, which can effectively increase soil moisture and increase the ground temperature of the arable layer. So that the growth period of the crop can be advanced 2-7 days, and the soil moisture can increase by about 5%.
Furthermore, soil conditioners can also improve the soil structure, coordinate the relationship between soil water, fertilizer, gas, heat, and organisms, prevent soil erosion. It also enhances the channel’s ability to avoid seepage, suppresses secondary soil salinization, and improve the development and utilization of sandy wasteland.
Additionally, the primary function of the soil conditioner is to change the physical properties of the soil. It helps in improving the soil aggregate structure, increases soil capillary pores and non-capillary pores, reduces soil bulk density, and increases soil aeration. Therefore, the demand for soil conditioners is fueling in the global market as well.
The soil conditioner is rich in high-value active bacteria and has the effect of improving the soil structure. It is composed of a variety of probiotics, which can significantly increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the soil to restore the diversity of the soil microbial community. It also enhances the permeability, effectively solve the problem of soil compaction, and improve the soil micro-ecological environment.
The demand for soil conditioners is fueling in the global market due to its basic features such as improvement of soil water conservancy, development of soil moisture, elimination, and prevention of swamp and salinization. Thus, with increasing population, industrialization and increasing pollution level have degraded the quality of land and reduce its soil productivity to grow good quality crops. Thus, the farmers are adopting soil conditioner to restore the quality of the plant and soil.
Based on the type, the global soil conditioner market segmented into Gypsum, Surfactants, Super absorbent polymers, Others. The gypsum segment accounted for the largest share in the global soil conditioner market. Agricultural gypsum is both a fertilizer and a soil improver. The main component of gypsum is calcium sulfate, which contains both calcium and sulfur and other nutrients required by the crops. The primary use of gypsum is as a soil improver for improving alkaline earth.
Based on the formulation, the global soil conditioner market bifurcated into Dry, Liquid. The liquid segment accounts for the largest share in the global soil conditioner. It is mainly owing to the liquid form available in soil conditioner helps in mixing with insecticides, fungicides, or adjuvants to allow the crop to grow. Moreover, a liquid soil conditioner helps in covering the larger area of the field by sprinkle the conditioner on crops helps in removing pesticides and improves yield.
Based on the application, the global soil conditioner market classified into Agriculture, Construction & mining, Others. The Agriculture segment is estimated to account for the largest share of the soil conditioner market in the forecast period. It is majorly owing to the rising population and increasing industrialization has decreased the availability of arable land for farming. Therefore, it enhances the opportunity for the farmer to do agriculture on existing land and improve productivity as well. Thus, soil conditioner is applying to increase the texture, soil fertility, and quality of the area and helps in bolstering its demand in the global soil conditioner market.
Based on the soil type, the global soil conditioner market categorized into Sand, Silt, Clay, Loam. The loam segment dominates the market for the global soil conditioner market. It is mainly owing to the demand for rotation farming that often practiced on loamy land. Loam soil is very fertile and covers the major part of the earth’s crust as well. Moreover, the loamy ground is majorly available across the regions and increases the demand for the agrochemicals to improve the quality and quantity of the yield.
Based on the crop type, the global soil conditioner market classified into Cereals & grains, Oilseeds & pulses, Fruits & vegetables, Others. The cereals and grains services have dominated the largest share in the global soil conditioner market. It is mainly due to the emerging demand for agricultural products owing to the increasing population and rising need for soil conditioners such as gypsum and natural polysaccharide. Thus, it helps in improving the sustainable way of growing cereals and grains, which enhance the quality and quantity.
Based on geography, the global soil conditioner market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific region is capturing the market share of the global soil conditioner market. It is mainly owing to the dependency on agricultural food, favorable conditions, fertile land, and climate conditions are propelling the demand for soil conditioner. Increasing population and shortage of arable land are also bolstering the growth for soil conditioners in the Asia Pacific region.
Companies such as BASF, Syngenta, Novozymes, Solvay, UPL, Clariant, Evonik Industries, Eastman Chemical Company, Croda International PLC, ADEKA Corporation, Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Aquatrols, Rallis India Limited, Humintech GmbH, GreenBest Ltd, Omnia Specialities Australia, Grow More, Inc., Geoponics Corp., Delbon, and FoxFarm Soil & Fertilizer Co., and others are key players in the global soil conditioner market.
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