GPS technology has become an important
asset in agriculture, from controlling your tractor's auto-steer
system to giving you accurate yield monitor data. It's value
will only increase as farmers and agribusiness innovators
find more uses for in-cab GPS. Our investment in GPS technology
for field boundary mapping has allowed our producers to obtain
accurate field acreage measurements, usually resulting in
a lower acreage that previously thought.
Increase your APH
By determining an accurate field measurement,
you are impacting your APH and ultimately your bottom line.
By having to spread your production yield over fewer acres,
you increase your APH over time. This results in higher insurance
guarantees, and more profit in your pocket.
Lower your Crop Insurance Premiums
Why pay crop insurance premiums on acres
that aren't planted? By getting an accurate field measurement,
you can eliminate paying for insurance on non-planted land.
We only map where the crop is actually planted, not the entire
parcel of land.
Lower your Input Costs
You pay for inputs based on the acre. If
we determine your acres are overstated, you are paying too
much for inputs based on the acres actually planted. Custom
applicators use our maps to correctly and accurately apply
chemicals and fertilizers. Not only do they aid in finding
the field, but they clearly show the field boundary and any
areas which may require special attention.
Farm Management Simplification
Once your fields are mapped with our precision
equipment, we can provide these files for import into many
of the leading farm management systems such as John Deere
JDOffice and APEX, Case IH AFS, SST Summit, FarmWorks and
more. Your maps, acreage reports and policy information are
also available online 24/7 at the click of the mouse.
Record Keeping Made Simple
Our record keeping forms on the back of
every map allow for instant access to input and harvest information.
We can even develop forms customized for your operation, because
every farm is unique.
Flexibility and Easy Acreage Determination
Have you ever changed a field boundary
or spit a field and tried to accurately determine the new
acreage? We can make that determination for you either by
digitizing the changes on our mapping system, or by physically
mapping the field with our GPS equipment. Either way, it saves
you time. And time is money.
FSA Digitized Boundaries vs. GPS Mapped
Our experience has found most FSA boundaries
to be inaccurate, as much as 10% in some circumstances. The
vast majority of times, the FSA acreage is overstated as the
FSA boundaries tend to follow the outer field boundary rather
than the actual planted boundary. This results not only in
overpayment of insurance premiums, but an overstated acreage
report that waters down your APH and decreases
your future crop insurance guarantees. For certification purposes,
feel free to use FSA acres, but for insurance and input purposes,
use GPS acres to save money and increase your guarantees.
Mapping Agents vs. GPS Mapping Agents
There are agencies who map, and then there
are agencies who GPS map. There is a distinct difference between
them. Agencies who utilize GPS mapping physically drive around
every insured field, obtaining an accurate field boundary
and acreage measurement. Agencies who map, but dont
use GPS technology, are simply importing the FSA Common Land
Unit boundaries that were created by a government employee
guessing field boundaries by tracing aerial imagery of your
fields. Do you want YOUR crop insurance premiums to be based
on human guesswork and a photo taken from 28,000 feet?
We get in your fields, drive the perimeter of your fields,
and accurately determine acreage to the hundredth of an acre.
Sure it would be easier and quicker to import the FSA field
boundaries. No question about it. But thats why we made
the investment in GPS technology and make this service available
to our clients, because we dont want any questions about
it. When it comes to field acreage, nobody does it more accurately.
Is Precision Ag in Your Future?
GPS mapping is the first step towards precision
agriculture. Incorporating soil sampling, variable rate application
data and yield monitor information is the next step. By mapping
your fields now, you already have the foundation for the future
of agriculture. Our field boundary shape files are exported
in the most commonly used format, which can then be imported
into the application of your choice.
If you are concerned about profitability,
every acre counts. You wouldnt leave part of your production
in the field, but with inaccurate field measurements, you
are essentially doing just that. So if you want to take your
operation and your APH to a higher level, utilize our GPS
Yup, you read that right. We map every
acre we insure, and it doesnt cost our producers a dime.
So if you would like to take your farm operation to a higher
level of accuracy and profitability, give us a call today
at 800-627-2241. Wed be more than happy to explain how
GPS mapping can simplify your recordkeeping and improve the
accuracy of your farm.
Here are some sample maps we supply
our producers with to aid farm management and acreage determination.
This map shows all acres of insured
and uninsured cropland within your farm operation. Other
data included on the map are roads, township, range, section,
rivers and lakes, and towns. Aerial imagery can be included
to show land features.
This image shows the input, production
and insurance data than can be recorded and kept handy
for instant reference. This record keeping log is printed
on the backs of the maps.
578 Certification Map
This is a scan of an actual map
used to certify acres. After mapping this growers fields,
we produced the map to the right.
Mapping the Fields
This map shows the same fields
as the 578 map to the left, after we mapped the fields
and imported them into our mapping system. All fields
are planted to the actual crops and acres are accurate
to the hundreth of an acre.
We can generate large wall maps
for you to see at a glance where your fields are and what
crops are planted. It's a great reference when telling
employees or custom applicators exactly where a field