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In conversation with… Ad van Kester

There are some big names in tomato growing that you simply cannot ignore – one key example is Agro Care. With branches in four countries, seven locations and a team of 2,500 employees, Agro Care is an important player in the European tomato market. They grow tomatoes all year round, strive for sustainability and value collaboration. Ad van Kester is the Operational Director at Agro Care. He is responsible for Dutch production and plays a crucial role in the strategy and activities of this leading greenhouse horticulture company. How does he view the market? The trends and developments? And of course the globalization of the sector?

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In Almería, more and more traditional greenhouses are improving technologically, and producers are noticing the changes

Agriculture, especially greenhouse production, represents an important economic pillar for Almeria, thanks to its extensive greenhouse area. Experts like Nelson Pérez bring valuable knowledge to the agricultural industry. The interview given by Nelson to Antonio del Rosal, editor of AgroDifusión, during his participation in AgroRadio, provides a unique opportunity to share with growers all about Svensson's Climate Solutions.​

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A new blog for growers in the world’s warm climates from Svensson's consultants

Welcome to our new blog! We are excited to present this space dedicated to growers in the areas with the warmest climates in the world, where we will share tips, trial data, and innovative solutions to face the unique challenges that these regions present.

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Events & Exhibitions

GreenTech 2024

Welcome at GreenTech Amsterdam - Stand 05.218

11 - 12- 13 June | Amsterdam RAI

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In conversation with… Sjaak Bakker

Sjaak Bakker was manager of the Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs business unit at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) until the end of 2022. Although he recently retired, he is still actively involved in the work. WUR is currently renovating the greenhouses where research and tests are carried out. Due to his extensive experience and expertise, WUR has asked Sjaak to help coordinate these innovations, at least until the end of 2024. He is therefore still using his knowledge and skills to successfully lead this process.

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Project Highlighted: KP Holland

KP Holland, a well-known producer in the world of breeding and plant nurseries, recently purchased the greenhouse from its neighbor in De Lier and thoroughly renovated it. Roy van der Knaap shares his enthusiasm about the transformation of the greenhouse, including the installation of brand new climate screens. The installation was carried out by Peter Dekker Installations (PDI).

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‘I had a hunch, but not that we would cut a week to ten days off our growing time' – Michael Vietti of Sunridge

“Talk to the professionals and try something new,” he says. “Slowly transition by doing side-by-side trials. Start with just one bay and see how it goes,” he adds. When the Svensson Harmony trial results were in and Michael Vietti realized the hunch had paid off, he decided he didn’t want to keep what he’d learned to himself.

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Darwin Colombia optimizes the climate of its greenhouses for successful production of ornamental plant cuttings

Today, with 8 hectares of greenhouses, Darwin Colombia has been a leader in Colombia's agricultural sector since its establishment in 2002. The company specializes in the production of ornamental plant cuttings for export. We had the opportunity to interview Carlos Martínez, R&D Director at Darwin Colombia, who told us how Svensson has become a great ally for Darwin with the climate screens and insect control nets, contributing to Darwin's success in the management of its greenhouses.​

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The Newgrange Mound

The NEN Test: A vital sign for growers with an ancient echo from 3000BC

Today’s NEN direct and diffuse light transmittance test helps growers get the best harvest, like a surprising echo of ancient wisdom from 5000 years ago.

Then, stone age farmers in Ireland went to great lengths, and moved a lot of soil and stone, to devise a test that would reveal the precise timing of the Spring and Autumn equinox.

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In conversation with… Philippe-Antoine Taillon

For this edition of our “In Conversation with…” series, we interviewed Philippe-Antoine Taillon, Expert advisor in greenhouse vegetable and fruit crops with the Quebec Ministry of Agricultural Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ). A Quebecois who travels the state advising growers on the support they can receive as part of Quebec’s Feed our World policy, Philippe-Antoine Taillon has a key role in implementing three rebate policies for regional horticulture.

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Project highlighted: Van den Broek

Paul van den Broek, alongside his parents, oversees the family-operated greenhouse in Holland. Traditionally focused on tomato cultivation, they sought a solution to regulate humidity within their greenhouse. This led Paul to ClimaFlow, Svensson's vertical airflow system. Following its installation, Paul noticed numerous advantages and has since integrated ClimaFlow into their cultivation of eggplants.

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Exploring Solarwoven: A closer look at the greenhouse workhorse

In the world of greenhouse coverings, Solarwoven stands out for its durability and versatility. Used across tens of thousands of hectares globally, it's not just a simple plastic screen – it's a vital tool for growers. But why and how are they using it?

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