Strawberry Enterprise Budget Published
Practical Farmers of Iowa has released a Strawberry Establishment and Production Enterprise Budget, the result of farmer-led research. Growers Lee Matteson and Rose Schick determined differences in cost and labor for strawberry bed establishment using two methods: biodegradable plastic and a matted row of mulch. For two years, the farmers tracked expenses, labor, yield, and revenue on four varieties of strawberries to determine which establishment system was better for their farm. Even with poor yields due to extreme heat, the biodegradable plastic system provided a net profit of $0.66 per pound. Meanwhile, the straw mulch system had a net loss of $0.50 per pound.