The profitability of strawberry production is dependent in large part on the condition, or quality, of the soil being used. Soils with poor physical structure, chemical properties, or biological activity require more cultivation, fertilizers, and other inputs to maintain economic viability. In general, cultivation of the soil for crop production degrades the soil. At some point, the cost of inputs will outweigh the value of the strawberry crop being produced. It is therefore essential for growers to monitor the productive capacity of their soil.
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Dilley, Craig A. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "On-Farm Research Trial on Iowa Strawberry Production with USDA/NRCS Soil Quality Test Kit" (2006). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1038.