Steve Berning is a big believer in measuring what he manages, which has helped him efficiently strip-till 2,000 rented acres of continuous corn at Galusha Farm in Warrenville, Ill.

Berning credits an ambitious adoption of precision technology several years ago as key to preparing for his switch from broad-based tillage to strip-till in fall 2011.

“I set a goal for myself that in 3 years, I would make the move to strip-till, and I remember talking with my trusted advisors and agronomist about what technology I needed to buy at the time for my planter row shutoffs to make strip-tillage happen, without wasting money on precision equipment,” Berning says. “We came up with a plan and I pulled the trigger on $40,000 worth of precision equipment the first year and never looked back.”

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