The farm map

A good design needs a detailed farm map.

The three most common methods of mapping are:

  • Satellite imagery such as Google Earth.
  • Ground survey.
  • Drone survey.


Satellite imagery may not provide the required accuracy for projects where there are sensitive elevation differences. In these cases, either drone or ground survey are required.


A checklist for your map
Your field map should include the following:
  • Topographic contour lines
  • Field boundaries
  • Row directions
  • Water source location
  • Existing roads
  • Location of obstacles
  • Map direction



  • Total cropping area (ha/ac)

  • Plan and location of fields and blocks, and how they relate to critical infrastructure

  • Crop spacing (m/ft)

  • Row distance (m/ft) and direction

  • Row direction and slopes (%)


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