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Advanced Functionality. Simple to Use. Stay on Grade!

Ditch Assist is your go-to for automated machine control, providing effective solutions for ditching, land leveling, 3D land forming, and straightforward tiling tasks.

For projects requiring precise on-grade excavation work, Ditch Assist X ensures you stay on grade when operating backhoes and excavators.

Ditch Assist GPS GNSS Compatibility

Here are some of the most popular and most common GPS systems that Ditch Assist owners are using with Ditch Assist and Ditch Assist X. Please remember that we recommend the use of RTK corrections for all tasks using Ditch Assist or Ditch Assist X.

Does Ditch Assist work with Emlid Reach RS2 and RS3 GNSS Receivers

Yes! Ditch Assist works with Emlid Reach RS2 and RS3 RTK GNSS Receivers. In fact, we now offer Emlid RS3 RTK as an option with Ditch Assist and Ditch Assist X. If you purchase an Emlid RS3 kit with Ditch Assist or Ditch Assist X it will arrive pre-configured. If you need to configure your Emlid RS2 or RS3 to work with Ditch Assist via the Emlid Flow app, please click this link for a detailed video.

Does Ditch Assist work with John Deere StarFire™ Receivers

Yes! Ditch Assist works with John Deere StarFire™ Receivers. You will need to program your StarFire™ receiver while it is connected to the tractor CANBus, but once programmed, it will work standalone with Ditch Assist and Ditch Assist X. This video explains how to configure your receiver:

Does Ditch Assist work with Trimble NAV Controllers?

Yes! Ditch Assist works with Trimble NAV 2 and NAV 3 Controllers. If you have a Trimble AutoPilot with a NAV controller, you’ll need to connect the Ditch Assist DB9 GPS cable to the DB9 (9-pin serial) connector on the NAV controller harness. You’ll also need to configure the GPS message output. This video explains how to configure your NAV 2 or NAV 3 with some of the common displays:

Does Ditch Assist work with Trimble 372 Receivers?

Yes! Ditch Assist works with Trimble 372 Receivers. Trimble 372 receivers may also be labeled as Case IH 372 or New Holland – they are all the same! You’ll need to configure (usually) port A and/or C to output NMEA at 38,400 baud, and turn ON GGA and VTG messages. We don’t have a great video yet showing how to configure, but it is usually done via RDI on a Pro 700 display, or via Ag Remote on Trimble Displays. One of our experienced Ditch Assist Dealers will be able to help you out if needed. Once configured, simply plug in the Ditch Assist Trimble GPS cable to (usually) Port A and Ditch Assist will power and receive GPS data from the 372.

Does Ditch Assist work with Outback GPS?

Yes! Ditch Assist works with Outback GPS Receivers. Most Outback GPS smart antennas, including models like the A-631 and similar, as well as the older A-320 receivers, are compatible with Ditch Assist. 

For Outback displays that are not equipped with a smart antenna, you’ll generally need our generic DB9 serial GPS cable. This cable connects to the serial port on the Outback display. Setting up these systems requires enabling the NMEA messages and settings. This process is usually carried out via the display interface.

We have several dealers that are also Outback dealers, and recommend you work with one of them to make sure you get your system configured correctly.

For Surface Drainage & Land Leveling

On-Grade Guidance for Excavators

Why Choose Ditch Assist?

Proven Reliability. Unmatched Expertise.

Don’t gamble on inferior imitations when drainage failures cost you time and money. Developed by the experts at Northern Plains Drainage Systems, Ditch Assist delivers reliable, field-tested performance since 2014. We’ve combined years of hands-on experience with input directly from farmers and contractors to create a truly effective drainage solution.

Get the job done right – with expert support at every turn. Ditch Assist gives you the essential features and cutting-edge technology you need, backed by the industry’s most knowledgeable dealers.

Key Benefits:

  • Reliable, field-proven performance
  • Designed by drainage experts with real-world experience
  • Ongoing innovation and improvements since 2014
  • Unmatched dealer support and product knowledge


Android Based

All Ditch Assist versions run via our free Android App – no expensive computers or displays needed, saving you money and simplifying your setup. App updates are simple, with no need for firmware downloads and USB sticks.

GPS Compatability

Ditch Assist takes the complexity out of GPS compatibility. Whether you’re using your existing RTK, upgrading, or exploring affordable solutions like Emlid Reach RS2, setup is quick and painless.

Wireless Advantage

Get up and running faster with Ditch Assist’s unique wireless setup, an industry first. Wi-Fi communication simplifies installation and allows you to quickly move the system between equipment, saving you time and hassle.

Any Machine, Any Job

Your current equipment is perfect for Ditch Assist. Maximize the value of your existing machinery, regardless of brand or age, and get precise control over various earth-moving implements. Need even more versatility? Ditch Assist X puts the same power in your excavator or backhoe.

Which version do you need?

The Ditch Assist brand includes the original Ditch Assist as well as the Ditch Assist X.

For Scrapers, Rotary Ditchers, Land Levelers, Blades, Pulldozers, and Tile Plows, start with Ditch Assist:

Ditch Assist Grade Control

Simple. Affordable. Grade Control

Any tractor. Any Implement. Any GPS. Operate via our simple Android App

For Excavators, Backhoes, and Mini Hoes just add Ditch Assist X:

Ditch Assist X

No More Lasers

Work faster and more accurately with accurate height guidance at any digging angle on any machine

Proud Sponsor of Eric Guyot Racing again in 2024!

Ditch Assist is thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Eric Guyot Racing for the 2024 season in the exhilarating Western Renegade Non-Wing Sprintcar Series. Just as Ditch Assist leads the way in innovative agricultural land management and drainage solutions, Eric showcases unmatched skill and determination on the racetrack. This partnership underscores our shared commitment to excellence, precision, and pushing the boundaries of performance. Join us in cheering on Eric as we race towards another thrilling season, demonstrating the power of innovation both on the field and on the track. Stay tuned for an action-packed year with Ditch Assist and Eric Guyot Racing at the forefront of speed and technology!

Revolutionize Your Operations with Ditch Assist: The Game-Changing Drainage Solution

Ditch Assist: Ditch the Headache, Keep the Efficiency

Hey there, farmers, contractors, and construction pros! Tired of wrestling with clunky, outdated drainage and grade control systems that eat up your time and money? Ditch Assist is here to change the game. It’s not just a product; it’s a complete solution that simplifies your work and boosts your productivity like never before.

Born from experience, built for results. Developed by the drainage experts at Northern Plains, Ditch Assist comes in two flavors: the original Ditch Assist for your scrapers, land levelers, and ditchers; and Ditch Assist X, which extends that same power and precision to your excavators and backhoes.

Ditch the limitations, embrace the possibilities. Whether you’re creating ditches, leveling fields, shaping land, or installing tile drainage, Ditch Assist is your reliable partner. Forget about expensive and cumbersome laser setups – Ditch Assist lets you work smarter, not harder. And the best part? It’s packed with high-end features at a price that won’t break the bank.

Simple operation, maximum efficiency. With Ditch Assist, you can easily create field surface drains, level fields with pinpoint accuracy, create single or multi-plane slopes, and streamline basic tile drainage installations. No more complex setups, just pure, efficient productivity.

Versatility that adapts to you, not the other way around. No matter what equipment you’re running, Ditch Assist probably works with your existing tractors, implements, and GPS systems – regardless of brand or age. From scrapers and rotary ditchers to land levelers and tile plows, Ditch Assist makes switching between implements a breeze, so you can tackle any job with confidence.

Need more precision for your excavator? Ditch Assist X takes your excavator or backhoe to the next level. This powerful upgrade delivers unmatched accuracy for simple grading tasks like ditching and digging level areas, right at your bucket edge. No more downtime for laser setups or limitations on boom and bucket angles. Just pure, simple efficiency.

Wireless convenience, industry-first innovation. Ditch Assist is the first and only system to ditch the expensive bundled displays and embrace the power of Android. All you need is our free app and a 10-inch tablet to unlock a world of possibilities. Our intuitive interface makes operation a breeze, so you can focus on what you do best – getting the job done right.

Updating? It’s a snap. No more fiddling with downloads or USB sticks. Our app updates just like your phone, ensuring you always have the latest features and improvements at your fingertips.

With Ditch Assist, you’re never alone. Our knowledgeable dealers are the best in the business, and they’re always ready to provide support and guidance.

Ditch the headaches, keep the efficiency. Choose Ditch Assist today.

Want to know more? Call us at 1-877-354-2899