Agricultural Information Atlas Help

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Table of Contents

  1. Search for your location
  2. Adding information to your map
  3. Navigation
  4. Create Maps
  5. Add Text and Draw Shapes
  6. Add location info to your map
  7. Draw field boundaries
  8. Measure the area of a field boundary
  9. Measure a line distance
  10. Create a map for a Tile Drainage Record
  11. Create a Nutrient Management Strategy or a Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) Plan
  12. Create a map using the GLASI template
  13. Create a map using the Pest Assessment Report Sketch
  14. Glossary

Search for your location

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click on the "Search by Location" button.
  2. Click on the "Selected Item" drop down menu to choose a search method, then click "Search".
  3. Fill in the required fields in the window to the left of the map.
  4. Depending on the search type you choose, click "Locate," "Zoom To," Search," or "Find Parcel." If the search finds more than one location, click on the most relevant.

If you use the "Find an Address" search option, type in your street address in the "Address" box and type your town or city in the "Municipality" box.

Search by Location screen

How to add information to your map

Once you have found your location, you can add information to the map.

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click on the "Select Map Layers" button.
  2. Open the "Parcels," "Administrative" and "Environment/Base Data" lists by clicking on the plus sign icon beside the words.
  3. Choose the layers you wish to include or exclude by checking or unchecking the boxes on the left-hand side of the layer names.
    Note: Some of the layers can only be viewed when the map is zoomed to a certain scale. These layers will appear grey on the map until the map is zoomed to a viewable scale.
  4. Click on the "Legend" button under the "Map Information" tab to open a static legend.

select map layers

To find more information about a particular layer:

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Select Map Layers" button and check the layer boxes you would like to see / identify.
  2. Click the "Identify" button.
  3. Click on a location of the map to see more information for that area. A list of results about the layer at the point where you clicked will appear in the "Identify Results" box to the left of the map. You can click each result to view details about that layer.
  4. To turn on the aerial photos, check the "Ontario Imagery" box at the bottom of the "Map Layers" list. You will need to decrease the transparency of the "Base Data" layer or uncheck the "Base Data" box to see the "Ontario Imagery" layer.

Note: You may get multiple results when you click on the map. Try to click in the centre of the map feature you want information about.

Identify button. Clickon the map to see more information about that layer

Navigation

The buttons under the "Navigation" tab allow you to move around the map. You can also create an save bookmarks to use whenever you visit the Agricultural Information Atlas website.

To create a bookmark

  • Under the "Navigation" tab, click the "Bookmarks" button, or click the book icon on the left-hand side of the map. The "Bookmarked Locations" box will open
  • Click "Bookmark Current Extent," enter in a name for your bookmark, then press "OK."

To return to a map you bookmarked

  • Click the "Bookmarks" button under the "Navigation" tab or the book icon on the left-hand side of the map. Any bookmarks that you have saved will be listed in the "Bookmarked Locations" box.
  • Click on the name of the bookmark you would like to use.

Create Maps

  • Click the "Create Map" button under the "Markup & Printing" tab. A list of different map templates will appear.
  • Click on the type of map you would like to create.

You can save and print maps that you create.

To save and print a "General Use Map":

  • Fill in the fields in the left-hand column, then click "Print."
  • The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  • In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

To save and print a specific map:

  • Fill in the fields in the left-hand column. Note: When creating a map using one of the templates, you can auto-populate location information. To do this:
    • Click on the "Pencil" icon found in the left-hand column. pencil icon
    • Click on the desired location in the map. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Roll Number," "Concession" and "Lot" information will fill in automatically.
  • When you are finished creating your map, click the "Export Map" button found at the bottom of the left-hand column.
  • The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  • In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Maps are created with a static legend. Layers will appear in the legend even when they are not turned on in the map.

 

: You can use a template to create a specific type of map by clicking on a link in the Create Map menu.

Add text and draw shapes on your map

You can add text, and draw points and shapes directly on your map. Click the "Markup Tools" button under the "Markup & Printing" tab to see all of the tools available. See the "Markup tools drop-down menu" section in the glossary section below for more information on what you can do with these tools.

 

The Markup button has tools to add shapes and text to your map.

Note: When you export a map, the map will open in a new window. To save a copy to your computer hover your mouse over the bottom of the map until a settings bar shows up and click the save icon. You could also use the keyboard function Shift + Ctrl + S to save a copy.

Add Location Information to your map

You can add pushpins to your map that allow you to identify a location on the map with text and latitude/longitude coordinates.

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Label Map" button.
  2. Choose a "pin" colour. In the "Label" box, type in the text you want to see with the pin, such as a place name or type of storage facility on your farm.
  3. Click the "Add" button and then use your mouse to click on the map where you want to put the pin and text. Once you place the pin, the "Label" text will show up beside the pin.
  4. If you want to add latitude and longitude coordinates, click the "Label with map coordinates" box, press "Add" and then click on the map to place the pin. You will see the map coordinates once you place the pin. Note that you cannot have "Label" text if you select this option.

The Label Map button allows you to add a pushpin to your map.

 

Draw Field Boundaries

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Markup" button and select the "Draw pPolygon" tool from the "Markup Tools" drop down boxsection. You can change the style and colour of your polygon by clicking the "Styles" button found beside the "Markup" button.
  2. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking to add sides to the polygon. You can zoom in and out and pan around without affecting the polygon.
  3. Double-click the mouse to finish the polygon.
  4. To make changes to a polygon, click the "Edit" button, then click on a polygon you've made on your map.

Drawing a polygon on the map

Measure the area of a field boundary

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, select the "Measure Area" button. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking to create a field boundary.
  2. Double-click to finish. The field boundary measurements will display ontop of the field boundary as "Area" and "Perimeter."
  3. Use the unit drop-down menus at the top of the screen to select the desired unit of measurment. The default is "m" and "m2".

measuring the area of a field boundary

Measure a line distance

  1. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Measure Distance" button.
  2. Click on a starting point on the map and continue clicking along the path you want to measure.
  3. Double-click to finish the line. Line measurements of each section of the line will be displayed along the line on the map. The total distance will appear at the end of the line.
  4. Use the drop-down menu beside the "Measure Area" button to select your preferred unit of measurement. The default is metres (m)

measuring the distance of a line

 

Create a map for a Tile Drainage Record

  1. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Markup" button and select the "Polygon" tool.
  2. Use the polygon tool to outline the area on the map where the drain is located. Once you have created your shape, double-click the mouse to finish.
  3. Under the "Markup & Printing tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  4. Choose "Tile Drainage Record" under the "Select Type of Map" list. Click on the "Pencil" icon found in the left-hand column to auto-populate information about the location.
  5. Click on the desired location on the map. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Concession" and "Lot" information will fill in automatically.
  6. Fill in any missing information about the tile drain. Once all of the information is entered, enter in a title for the map and click "Export Map."
  7. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  8. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Note: Once you close the map it is gone. It is good practice to save your map for your records.

mapping a tile drain

Create a map for a Nutrient Management Strategy or a Non-Agricultural Source Material (NASM) Plan

  1. Once you find your location, click the "Select Map Layers" button under the "Map Information" tab
  2. Choose the layers you wish to include or exclude by checking or unchecking the boxes to the left of the layer names.
  3. For a Nutrient Management Strategy or a NASM Plan, it is helpful to check the following layers:
    • "Assessment Parcel" under "Parcels"
    • "Ontario Imagery" - turn down the transparency of the "Base Data Layer" to see the imagery underneath

Create a map using the GLASI Checkup Map template

  1. First, you'll need to turn on the watershed and sub-watershed information for your map. Under the "Map Information" tab, click the "Select Map Layers" button. Click the plus sign icon beside "Environment/Base Data" to extend the list. Check the boxes beside "Secondary Watersheds" and "Tertiary Watersheds" in the list. You now have the information you need to create your GLASI Checkup Map.
  2. Under the "Markup & Printing" tab, click the "Create Map" button.
  3. Select "GLASI Checkup Map" from the list.
  4. Enter information about your operation in the "GLASI Checkup Map Information" column. Click on the "Pencil" icon to auto-populate information about the location. "Upper Tier Municipality," "Lower Tier Municipality," "Geotownship," "Roll Number," "Concession" and "Lot" information will fill in automatically.
  5. Fill in any missing information. The watershed and sub-watershedis information is displayed on the map: the "Watershed" information is displayed on the map in green font, and the "Sub-Watershed" information is in purple font.
  6. Enter in a title for your map and click "Export Map."
  7. The system will create a printable map. When the file is ready, click "Open File." The map will open in a new window.
  8. In the new window, you can select to print or save your map.

Note: Once you close the map or web browser, the map is gone. It is good practice to save your map for your records.

Adding information into the GLASI Checkup Map Information area

Create a map using the Pest Assessment Report Sketch

  1. Zoom to your farm property.
  2. Under Select Map layers, turn on the Ontario Imagery layer. You will need to turn off the LIO Topographic layer or increase the transparency by using the slider bar to the right of the layer name.lkj
  3. Using the Measure Area tool under the Map Information tab. Measure your application areas.
  4. Using the Label Map tool under the Markup & Printing tab add your scouting locations where grubs and/or wireworms were detected.
  5. Once you have the map the way you want, click on the Create Map button under the Markup & Printing tab.
  6. Click on the Pest Assessment Report Sketch
  7. Fill out the fields in the template. * fields are mandatory.
  8. Click on the blue pencil and then on the map - this will automatically populate the address fields.
  9. Export the map. Save it to your computer.

Glossary

About Tab

Help button icon. Takes you to a web page with contact information and important messages.

About button icon Gives an overview of the Agricultural Information Atlas

Navigation Tab

Bookmark button icon Create and save a bookmark of a map location to use at a later time.

Zoom in button icon Zooms in on the map view.

Zoom out button icon Zooms out from the map view

Initial view icon Returns the map view to its original location or region.

Previous extent button icon Go back to previous map view

Next extent button icon Go forward through sequence of map views.

Map Information Tab

Layers of maps Allows you to choose layers to include or exclude from the map.

Legend button icon Displays a static legend of all available data.

Identify button icon Allows you to click on a location and see layer information.

Search by location button icon Allows you to search for an area using different methods.

Query button icon Allows you to search for specific features on the map.

Measure distance and measure area button icons Measure the distance and area of a feature on the map.

Image of units of measurement drop-down menus Drop-down menus that allow you to choose a preferred unit of measurement when using the "Measure Distance" and "Measure Area" buttons.

Erase button icon Lets you erase markings made on the map.

Clear all button icon Deletes all markings made on the map.

Add as drawing button icon Adds measurements to the drawing layer

Markup and Printing Tab

Map button icon Allows you to create a map using a template

Label map Labels map with a pushpin with text or latitude and longitude coordinates

Markup tools button icon Contains tools for drawing and adding text to maps

Styles button icon Gives style options for the selected drawing tool.

Edit button icon Lets you edit an existing drawing.

Erase button icon Allows you to erase a drawing or text from the map.

Clear all button icon Erases all drawings and text added to the map.

Markup Tools drop-down menu

Draw point button icon Adds a point on the map.

Add text button icon Adds text to the map.

Draw line button icon Draws straight lines on the map

Draw freehand button icon Allows you to draw your own lines shapes not using straight lines.

Draw freehand polygon button icon Allows you to draw your own polygon shape not using straight lines.

Draw ellipse button icon Draws ovals on the map.

Draw circle button iconDraws circles on the map.

Draw polygon button icon Draws straight line polygons on the map.

Draw rectangle button icon Draws rectangles on the map.


Geographical Information Services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs

Email: omafra.gis@ontario.ca


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 31 January 2014
Last Reviewed: 07 January 2016