Weak plants that are susceptible to disease and pests, increasing the dependence on and cost of fungicides and pesticides.
Soil that is deficient in nutrients, which leads to the increased dependence on, and cost of fertilizer.
Soil that is hard and compacted is difficult to till. This leads to increased cost of fuel, and wear and tear on machinery.
Compacted soil does not absorb or retain water, which increases the need for water and cost of energy for irrigation.
Depleted soil is susceptible to erosion, leading to decreased yield, and unreliable future profitability of land investment.
Weak unhealthy plants attracting higher likelihood of pests
Decreased crop yield and profitability