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How to digitally map a farm

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Farm Mapping Services specialises in creating accurate farm maps for their clients.

Advanced computer software, GPS systems and improved databases have all combined to simplify the process of creating farm maps. Using an aerial photo as the starting point, a farm map can be created cost-effectively and accurately using a combination of digital map data and augmentation with plotted GPS data where necessary, and farmer knowledge.

Standard maps include a paddock plan with accurate identification of various areas, bush, dams, drains, lanes, buildings and more. However, a plan can include any feature as required by the client.

Accurate pasture measurements on a map, for instance allow building paddock histories for stock and crop rotation, control of contractor charges, and serve as a guide to stocking rates. Farm maps also simplify describing farm areas to visitors and new employees, and can be used as a daily planner.

Farm maps can also be used to show paddocks closed for fodder, assist the bank manager with financial planning, fax contractors with requirements or consultants with proposals for consideration, indicate stock water lines, irrigation lines, risers, taps, etc., show switches for electric fences, danger areas such as ditches, slips etc., show phone and power cables and other utilities for local government dealings and grant applications, or plan irrigation including centre pivots.

Farm Mapping Services prints maps in a range of sizes and specifications. Options include black and white or colour maps, sizes from A4 to A0, maps with or without a background farm photo, ready to fax maps, small credit card size maps or large magnetic whiteboard maps.

Magnetic whiteboard maps for the dairy, with customised fridge magnets, have been a popular option in the last few years and assist farmers with day-to-day communication between staff. 

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