What We Need & Why?
Our airplanes are equipped with
touch-screen Ag-Nav Spray Computers that allow us to digitally overlay spray areas onto
the surface of the earth with an accuracy of one foot, as well as tell
our clients exactly how many acres they have to potentially spray within
an accuracy of one-tenth of an acre. This software not only allows us
to see where we need to spray, but any obstacles or areas of exclusions
all the way down to an article roughly the size of a common pick-up
truck can be avoided. With this highly effective software we can thus
prove where we have/have not sprayed as it fills in the sprayed area.
Due to this technology we need to know the boundaries of the spray
area(s) via Longitude and Latitude so that we can digitze your
information and convert it to a format that the airplanes can process.
How To Get Coordinates & Send?
There are many ways that you
can go about getting the proper coordinates for your spray area(s).
- If you are a private party and are familiar
with your property the easiest way to get your coordinates is from
Google Earth. Google Earth is a small application that can be
installed onto your computer and can be found
For Google Earth Beginners...
Once you have
Google Earth Installed you can enter your property address into the
"Fly To:" window and then move the cursor around your property.
Wherever you place your cursor you can get the longitude and
latitude of that location at the bottom of the screen. All you
would have to do is simply write down these coordinates for all of
your corner points in a clockwise fashion as you move around your
property and then email those coordinates to us as
For example if the spray area was a square you would start at one
corner and work your way around the shape and have 4 sets of
latitude and longitude coordinates to email us.
For Google Earth Advanced Users...
If the steps above
seem to be simple, there is a little more advanced method of sending
us your coordinates that does not involve writing anything down.
You would simply just have to click around your property in a
clockwise fashion, save the file, and then email us that file
directly and you would be finished. This method is much
faster, but may be confusing to some users who are not familiar with
Google Earth and/or computers. To follow this faster more
advanced method please follow the detailed instructions found
- If you are unfamiliar with your property
boundaries, you can contact your local Real Property office at your
local court house. With your Tax Parcel Identification Number
you can request a copy of your property boundaries and in most cases
they can also provided you with the GPS coordinates of the corner
- The last method of acquiring the
coordinates of your spray area(s) is to take a handheld GPS and walk
to the corner points and get a reading from each corner.
Already Have GIS
Shape Files of The Spray Area?
If you are on the
larger scale type of area such as a County or City you can work with
your local GIS representative to get the proper information. All
that we would need is the drawn shape file of the area that you would
like to treat in one of two ellipsoids. We would need the shape
file sent to us in either a
(NAD83) or a CLARKE-1866 (NAD27) Ellipsoid.