Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Strawberries

Water penetration and holding capacity are dependent on  soil structure including aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.

A heavily stressed crop, strawberries rely on access to water and nutrients to mitigate stresses in producing more fruit yield and fruit quality.

The four-species consortium of symbiotic, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in MycoApply® aids the columnal (vertical) formation of the soil structure which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soil profile, as well as promoting pore development that helps retain water until it is absorbed by the plant. In a poorly structured soil, the soil’s platelets lay horizontal instead of vertical which results in the development of hard pans which prevent water to penetrate beyond the hard pan. When a rain event occurs, poorly structured soil forms water-logged areas from pools of water instead of water penetrating into the root zone in health soils.