Detailed high resolution farm maps are prepared that clearly show the farms key features. Such maps are essential management tools. The information included is commonly limited to paddocks (ID, hectares, arable Ha), dams and waterways, roads, gates, infrastructure, and areas with production constraints like poor drainage or excessive slope. Other features such as production zones, soil types, pasture quality or weed infestations are often recorded.
Once the information is recorded onto the map layers, targeted maps can be produced with selections of that information. A map for the fertiliser spreading contractor might include fences, gates, tracks and wet areas but another for aerial spraying should also include buildings, waterways and the location of power lines. Farm workers will benefit from a basic map showing paddock layout, roads and gates, dams and waterways. These maps are also very useful for emergency services personnel.
Mapping is key to monitoring and improving productivity. To allow effective planning of agronomy and the farming business it is necessary for AgriStrategies to at least have the following information mapped for each paddock:
Total area (Hectares fenced)
Productive area (Ha fertilised)
Arable area (Ha sown to crop or pasture)
Carrying capacity in DSE/Ha will mean little if non-productive Ha (eg: heavily timbered areas) are included. For that calculation it is important that the productive Ha of each paddock is known. A fertiliser spreading contractor will also need a map of productive hectares. To assist with planning of crop spraying or crop/pasture sowing, a map with arable hectares will be needed.
Good quality maps assist us with agronomy planning, so if clients are interested in preparing their own maps we are happy to guide them in the use basic on-line mapping tools.
Completed maps can be provided with an aerial photo or clear background. They are generally A4 sized and can be printed with an office printer, and laminated if necessary. Larger maps can be produced if needed. Maps will normally be provided in Pdf. format to reduce file size for emailing.
The maps below show a 395 Ha farm before and after paddocks are re-arranged, resulting in more efficient management of stock and much improved pasture utilization.