All Ditch Assist versions use our free App for Android tablets. No expensive screen, so you save thousands of dollars!
Works With Any Brand of GPS
Ditch Assist hardware works with any RTK GPS receiver, so you aren't tied to any brand
All Ditch Assist solutions use Wi-Fi from the cab to the Ditch Assist hardware, eliminating cables
ABOUT DITCH ASSIST
Ditch Assist and Ditch Assist X are products of Northern Plains Drainage Systems. We are proudly based in Manitoba, Canada and have been providing drainage consulting and surveying services, plus selling GPS and drainage equipment since 2008. We developed Ditch Assist because we saw a need for a simpler, lower cost system for automated machine control that’s not tied to a particular brand of GPS or tractor. Ditch Assist X was developed later, based on some of the technologies we developed initially with Ditch Assist.
Ditch Assist products aren't like other products on the market. They were built from the ground up to be as simple as possible to use, to be compatible with any combination and age of machinery, to be affordable, and to minimize the amount of wiring harnesses that you’d typically expect. Ditch Assist systems have most of the features found in other products that cost 3x or 4x as much, and we’re adding new features all the time.
We have focused on features and functionality that users have told us they need and are willing to pay for – if Ditch Assist doesn’t have certain premium features found in other systems it’s probably because developing them would make our price higher, and because you most likely would rather live without it if it saves you thousands of dollars!
What Makes Ditch Assist Different?
1. All Ditch Assist products connect to our Android app running on a regular Android tablet costing under $300. This means you aren't forced into spending $thousands on an expensive display or overpriced Windows laptop to run your grade control. By using Android we are also able to provide easy updates via the Google Play Store, so you don't need to install tricky firmware updates.
2. Ditch Assist is the simplest system to move between equipment, and it works with any tractor. Customers repeatedly tell us how useful it is to be able to switch tractors and keep ditching or land leveling. Most competitors' systems are tied to one tractor, so if you need it for other tasks you have to stop all drainage work.
3. Ditch Assist works for all types of surface drainage. One simple system allows you to quickly survey and create best-fit drainage ditches or simple planes, or import advanced multislope land forming designs from programs like OptiSurface, Topcon AgForm3D, and more.
4. Ditch Assist works with all brands of GPS. Provided you have sufficient accuracy (RTK) and a way to stream NMEA from your GPS into Ditch Assist (virtually all GPS do this) then you can use it with Ditch Assist. This means you can use an existing RTK system you already own, or you can choose to purchase any brand of RTK to use for drainage works - this will again save you $thousands versus buying the big name brands. Most of our dealers are GPS experts and they can help you find the best solution for your situation.