The US and Canada controlled release nitrogen fertilizer was valued at US$ 799.98 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 1,174.89 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2020 to 2027.
Controlled-release nitrogen fertilizer is a granulated fertilizer that releases nutrients gradually into the ground. Controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers have exhibited significant potential for reducing nitrogen losses and synchronizing nitrogen release according to crop demand, thereby improving the nitrogen use efficiency. Controlled nitrogen release fertilizers can reduce nitrogen losses by delaying the initial nitrogen supply and providing it gradually to the developing crop. The controlled release nitrogen fertilizer is considered to be a good source of nitrogen for the crops. It have been developed to enable the slow release of nitrogen into the soil during the crop growing seasons. It has shown good potential in the reduction of nitrogen losses and in the synchronization of nitrogen release as per the plant’s demand, thus resulting in the improvement of the nitrogen use efficiency. It also plays a very crucial role in the improvement of the microbial community in the rhizosphere. Urea-formaldehyde fertilizer is one of the types of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer, which when applied to the bulbs and main roots of plants such as onion and sugar beets resulted in the change of diversity of the microbial community and the abundances of certain bacterial species. This unexpected effect proved to be beneficial to the growth of plants as the bacterial strains were identified as a plant growth promoting bacteria. Also the use of such controlled release nitrogen fertilizer enhances the number of bacterial strains that are capable of metabolizing the CI compounds. The application of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer not only proves to be an effective source of nitrogen but also serves as a useful driving force for the control of microbial community structure in the phytosphere that can lead to innovative changes in the application of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer in modern agriculture.
In 2019, the US was the largest market for the US and Canada controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market. The controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market in the US is growing at a faster pace over the past few years. The rise in demand for polymer coated urea and NPK fertilizers for their application in turf grasses has raised the demand for controlled release nitrogen fertilizers in US. Sport in US form an important part of their culture. The use of controlled release nitrogen fertilizers such as polymer coated urea, methylene urea IBDU in the fertilization of sports fields, supports the market for controlled release nitrogen fertilizer in the country. Natural gas is a primary component that is used in the production of nitrogen based fertilizers. There is an oversupply of natural gas in US. This has given the controlled release nitrogen fertilizers an opportunity to take advantage of the reduced production cost, which in turn boosts the market demand for controlled release nitrogen fertilizer in US. The Canadian horticulture industry is a vibrant and diverse industry with a variety of fruits and vegetables grown every year. The flourished horticulture industry in Canada drives the market for controlled release nitrogen fertilizers market. The use of control release urea leads to the high removal of nitrogen in grains and leaves less nitrogen in the soil. It also limits the possibility of nitrogen losses due to denitrification and leaching.
The COVID-19 pandemic first began in Wuhan (China) during December 2019, and since then it has spread across the world at a fast pace. The Texas, California, Florida, New York, Manitoba, Quebec, Alberta and Ontario are among the most affected states in US and Canada in terms of confirmed cases and reported deaths as of October 2020. According to the latest WHO figures as of October 2020, there are total number of COVID-19 cases in US and Canada are 9,475,792 and 236,841 respectively. COVID-19 has affected economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. The US and Canada chemical and materials industry is one of the major industries suffering serious disruptions, such as supply chain breaks, disruptions in manufacturing due to COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown of various plants and factories is affecting the US and Canada supply chains and negatively impacting the manufacturing, delivery schedules, and sales of various goods. All these factors have greatly affected the US and Canada controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market.
Wide application of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer in the turf grasses, sports fields and lawns
The use of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer is a good practice adopted for the fertilization of turfs on sports fields. These fertilizers provides advantages such as reducing the labor costs and reduces the risk of foliar burn, thus providing a more evenly supply of nitrogen. They also helps in reduction of nitrogen leaching. Conventional fertilizers often experience a slow release rate in cool temperatures, but the controlled nitrogen fertilizers like isobutylidene diurea (IBDU) and sulfur coated urea (SCU) are independent of the soil microbial action, therefor there is no reduction in the nitrogen release rate of such fertilizers in the golf courses. The use of controlled release nitrogen fertilizers is highly recommended on the sand-amended areas of the golf courses like greens and tees that have higher leaching potential. The fertilization of the golf courses in raises the need for controlled release nitrogen fertilizer. The slow or controlled release nitrogen fertilizers such as sulfur coated urea, polymer coated urea, methylene urea and IBDU helps in providing extended period of nutrition to the sports fields which can last up to 20 weeks. It is also observed that the growth and the color of turf grasses remains uniform during the treatment with the controlled release nitrogen fertilizers. Studies have also revealed that the application of certain controlled releases nitrogen fertilizers can give rise to the most consistent quality turf grass. Besides this, the controlled release nitrogen fertilizer such as IBDU, ethylene urea, sulfur coated urea and polymer coated area are highly suitable for the professional use in typical home lawn fertilization. The wide application of controlled release nitrogen fertilizer in the turf grasses, sports fields and lawns is yet another factor driving the market growth.
Product Type Based Insights
Based on product type, the controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market is segmented into ureaformaldehyde (UF) reaction products, sulfur-coated fertilizers, polymer-coated fertilizers, polymer-/sulfur-coated fertilizers (PSCF) and others. The ureaformaldehyde (UF) reaction products segment led the controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market with the highest market share in 2019. Ureaformaldehyde (UF) reaction products is one of the oldest controlled release nitrogen fertilizer. It is prepared from the reaction of formaldehyde with excess amount of urea that proceeds in two steps namely, methylol urea resin formation and methylene urea polymerization. The ureaformaldehyde fertilizer can be produced in different forms such as clear liquid, liquid suspensions, granular solids or dry powders. Chemically this fertilizer, encompass a wide range of oligomer distribution. Each of such oligomer distribution has its own characteristic nitrogen releasing pattern and is associated with the longevity in the fields. The ureaformaldegyde (UF) reaction products or the fertilizer become assimilated into the plants through multi-step processes. The ureaformaldegyde (UF) fertilizer increases the bacterial diversity in plants like onion bulbs and sugar beets. This fertilizer provide economic and environmental benefits to the farmers by saving the time and leads to the reduction in the number of labor involved with the handling of fertilizers.
Application Based Insights
Based on application, the controlled release nitrogen fertilizer is segmented into turn & ornamental and agriculture & specialty crops. The turn & ornamental segment led the controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market with the highest market share in 2019. Turf is a surface layer of earth that contains a dense growth of grasses and their matted roots. It also refers to an artificial substitute for the grassy layer. It is mostly used in the playing fields. Ornamentals and turf grasses are different plants with different needs, functions and preferred growing conditions. Various fertilizers with urea and polymer coatings are designed to improve the nitrogen availability to turfs and ornamentals. The use of slow release nitrogen fertilizers on turfs and ornamentals helps in the reduction of nitrogen leaching. Such fertilizers provide a longer duration of nitrogen release than any other quick release soluble fertilizers and are safer to use on turfs and ornamentals owing to their reduced burn potential. Studies have also revealed that the slow released nitrogen fertilizers are less likely to leach into ground water than any other soluble sources. . They release nitrogen to meet the needs of the growing turf and ornamentals in comparison with the quick release soluble sources. Polymer coated urea, methylene coated urea and sulfur coated urea are usually used for the fertilization of turfs and ornamentals.
AgroLiquid, Haifa Group, ICL, J.R. Simplot Company, Koch Industries, Inc., Lebanon, Seaboard Corporation, Nutrien Ltd, The Andersons, Inc., Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, and Pursell Agri-Tech are among the key players present in the US and Canada controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market. These companies are implementing new product development and mergers and acquisition strategies to enlarge the customer base and gain significant market share across the world, which, in turn permit the players to maintain their brand name.
US and Canada controlled release nitrogen fertilizer market, by Application
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