Strict Government Regulations Regarding Crop Nutrient Content to Fuel Growth of the Soil Fertility Testing Market
Soil fertility testing is the foundation of good farming. Soils differ from place to place. Factors such as crops grown, and fertilizers used can even make farms vary in soil composition from those neighbouring ones. Therefore, in planning to plant, it is crucial to test the soil. This will an idea of the soil’s nutritional composition as well as its pH. Soil testing has become the most important practice to manage fertilizer application, and crop production. Without soil testing, it is very difficult to ensure the right application of fertilizers for the crop and get the optimum yield. Soil sampling can also help the environment, as regular usage can wear out the land on which we grow crops. Soil fertility testing market is expected to see a robust recovery with increased demand for agricultural products, resulting in increased production and the need for periodic soil testing.
Similarly, the shift in consumer preference for a higher standard of food safety and quality in terms of chemical residues necessitates the preservation of soil properties for quality production, bolstering market growth during the forecast period. Owing to all these factors, regulations and legalisation concerning environmental safety, and agricultural productivity have been a major driving force for the growth of soil fertility testing market. With rising concerns, governments are taking proactive measures to improve agriculture and food safety, which is driving market growth. As a result, various countries have enacted legislation prohibiting the release of such harmful gases into the atmosphere. For instance, the FDA recently proposed changing the pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for covered produce in Subpart E of the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (other than sprouts). Covered farms would be required to conduct pre-harvest agricultural water assessments once a year, as well as whenever a change occurs that increases the likelihood that a known or reasonably foreseeable hazard will be introduced into or onto produce or food contact surfaces.
Sample testing has become increasingly popular in commercialised agriculture countries to maintain agricultural commodity export growth. The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) is an international organisation whose mission is to develop and publish standard seed testing procedures. It has gained acceptance in many countries as an important tool for harmonising seed testing and modern seed trade trends. As a result of the growing need to address various issues and challenges in the agricultural supply chain and food safety, the market potential for agricultural testing products has increased.
Emergence of Chemical Tests to Avoid Over-Nutrient Input in Farm to Drive Growth of Soil Fertility Testing
The chemical segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate over the forecast period. Soil chemical tests have emerged as a monitoring tool for avoiding over-nutrient input into the farm system. pH metres, salinity testing equipment, and test kits & reagents are all part of the chemical testing. Furthermore, the chemical soil test indicates the concentration of vital plant nutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, humus content, available lime, organic matter, sulphur, trace elements, and other physical properties like capacity, permeability, density, and pH-value. It is easier to determine the amount of fertilizer required to achieve high and quality yields using a chemical test based on the nutrient content of the soil for a specific yield.
Increased Availability of Arable Land, and Presence of Large Number of Testing Service Providers in Europe to Drive Growth of Soil Fertility Testing Market
Europe is expected to dominate the soil fertility testing market over the forecast period. The existence of stringent food safety, environmental, and agricultural regulations, as well as the enforcement of laws pertaining to nutritional content, chemicals, and labelling, is attributed to market growth in the region. Furthermore, the increased availability of arable land, and the presence of many soil fertility testing service providers are driving market growth in the region. The growing emphasis on obtaining higher yields from the available land (which is limited) is expected to drive the growth of the soil fertility testing market in Europe. To maintain their position in the dynamic market, European companies are focusing on organic growth strategies such as product launches, and expansions. AGROLAB GmbH, for instance, increased the laboratory area of AGROLAB Agrar und Umwelt GmbH in Kiel, Germany, from 2.500m2 to 7.500m2. This growth will be profitable for the company and will aid in meeting rising consumer demand.
The soil fertility testing market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at significant rate during the forecast period. The expanding outbreak of food-borne diseases, emerging technologies to improve soil fertility, and stringent government regulations pertaining to crop nutrient content are the major factors driving the Asia Pacific soil fertility testing market. To maintain their position in the dynamic market, Asia Pacific companies are focusing on organic growth strategies such as product launches and expansions. For instance, SGS SA, continued its global expansion capabilities by introducing soil, irrigation water, and plant tissue testing, as well as fertilizer recommendation services, for the Chinese market. These services include soil, irrigation water, and plant tissue sample testing, as well as fertilizer recommendation for both domestic and international customers.
Global Soil Fertility Testing Market: Competitive Landscape
In January 2021, Agrocares and Blue Fifty Scanner, its local partner and a SoilCares representative in Poland, launched their scanner packages in the Polish market. The scanner, in conjunction with smartphone apps, allows users to test pH and soil texture in 10 minutes and receive practical lime recommendations. It will also be capable of measuring N, P, and K and making fertilizer recommendations. On the other hand, in November 2020, Agilent Technologies Inc. announced a collaboration with SGS to release the SGS AXYS Method 16130, a new GC/TQ method approved by the US EPA as an alternative method for future dioxin regulation and detection. Dioxins are a class of chemical compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants that make their way into the food chain.
A few of the players in the soil fertility testing market include SGS SA, Eurofins Agri Testing, ALS Ltd, BUREAU VERITAS, AgroLab, Actlabs, A & L Great Lakes, Waters Agricultural Laboratories, Inc., Polytest Laboratories, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd., and Duraroot.
Regional Classification of the Global Soil Fertility Testing Market is Described Below:
Middle East and Africa
*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Soil Fertility Testing Market
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