I'm no where near this point yet so this is purely out of curiosity.
I have seen quite a few pictures and heard of folks being very successful growing strawberries in towers. My question is based on "conventional" soil growing. Generally, the first year you plants crowns the yield is small out of the new plants (some even recommend pinching the flowers off completely to induce stronger growth) . Leave them in a year and you will almost definitely get a better yield in year 2 and 3. After that they tend to become less productive again and most growers replace the crowns. In an aquaponic system using towers, is that not the case? I couldn't see wasting the space all year waiting for a heavier yield the following year. I know not all varieties are created equally and then you have June and Ever-bearing but even Ever-bearing provide only a slightly longer growing season.
Inquiring minds want to know...