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Determine Land Area and Distance With Your Smartphone

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The next time you need to measure something, leave the tape measure in the toolbox and use your phone.

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 How big is that pasture? How long is this fence line? How far is it to the nearest water point? Al
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Miles serves as a research associate in the Center for Advanced Agricultural Systems and Technology. He joined the Noble Research Institute in 2012, after graduate school, as a member of the research support and operations staff. Currently, he is heavily engaged in the implementation and execution of the Noble Research Institute's research efforts that involve beef cattle. His areas of specialization include: data management and analysis, animal stockmanship, and identification and implementation of innovative technologies relevant to beef production and animal husbandry. He also serves as program coordinator for the Junior Beef Excellence Program. Miles grew up on a family farm and ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, where he continues to be actively engaged in the management of their cow-calf herd and farming operations with his wife and family.


  1. Dan Kaplan says:

    I have been using this app for 2 years – quite useful for measuring the size of paddocks etc. it needs a cell signal for the GPS which is how it makes it calculations

  2. Austin Miles says:

    Great question Kathryn

    I put my iPhone in “airplane mode” to simulate not having any cellular service and when I opened the app it told me that it had no cell service…that being said, you could use it once you regained cell service and could navigate to any location using your phone’s screen.

    Hope this is of some help; I understand the remoteness of some locations makes using cellular-based technology difficult if not impossible.

  3. Kathryn Cuming says:

    I am wondering if using your smartphone to measure a field requires cell service. There are a lot of us whose farms are outside a cell service area. Seems like a good app to have, but not sure whether it can be used here.

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