Rotating with cover crops in strawberry production may alleviate pests in soil,such as weeds and nematodes. Cover crops also improve the soil health by the addition of organic matter compared with conventional tillage systems. The objective of this study was to compare strawberry plant density, yield of strawberry, weed and nematode abundance, and soil characteristics after the rotation with seven monocultures of cover crops, continuous strawberry production, or conventional tillage.
Iowa State University
Portz, Dennis N. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "The Effect of Monoculture Cover Crops, Continuous Strawberry, or Continuous Cultivation on Plant Density and Yield of Strawberry, Pest Populations, and Soil Characteristics" (2008). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 701.