Create Farm Maps With Google Earth

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Years ago if a farmer wanted to get an aerial view of their farm, they had to drive to a government office just to get a low-resolution photocopy. Today it’s easy to see an aerial view through various websites, including the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department of your respective County. However, the free Google Earth software allows you to not only view aerials, but also to draw on them and keep records of various management activities. Farmers can create detailed, color-coded maps of fields, paths, logging roads, timber stands and much more. It’s even possible to “ground-truth” the maps with a handheld GPS, or with an “app” on your smartphone. While the process is time and labor intensive, the tools are very inexpensive.

The following link explains how to do this using a handheld GPS device.

http://go.ncsu.edu/mapyourfarm