The profitability of strawberry production is dependent on the condition, or quality, of the soil. 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. It is therefore essential for growers to monitor the productive capacity of their soil. Because the concept of ‘soil quality’ is a relatively recent development, a survey of Iowa berry growers was conducted to coincide with soil quality field research and outreach projects. A short questionnaire was mailed to participants to gauge their awareness of soil quality before the study began and after it was completed.
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Dilley, Craig A. and Nonnecke, Gail R., "Soil Quality Interest Survey of Iowa Small Fruit Growers" (2007). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 879.