Ditch Assist relies on accurate GPS elevation and position data to function. Therefore, we recommend RTK accuracy for the best results.
Ditch Assist works with virtually any GPS receiver. It uses industry standard NMEA messages from the GPS, meaning your current system (provided you have the required level of accuracy) can probably be used with Ditch Assist. We offer brand-specific cables for the most common agriculture GPS receivers, and can even power most ‘smart antennas’ (such as John Deere, Trimble 262/372, Outback A320, Hemisphere Atlas, etc) directly, meaning no messy wiring going back to the tractor cab. The following are common GPS systems our customers are using today with Ditch Assist:
- John Deere (all receivers provided you have the required level of accuracy – RTK is recommended)
- Trimble (all smart antennas, plus FM750/1000 with required level of accuracy)
- Outback (MAX/STX/S3/A320/A220 running RTK)
- Ag Leader (all RTK receivers can be used)
The recent influx of very low cost RTK receivers on the market means you could get up and running very cheaply. But many of these systems require some knowledge to build/configure them correctly to work with Ditch Assist, and may not be as reliable.
We're also seeing more users running survey GPS receivers, particularly on Ditch Assist X. Again, just about every receiver is capable of outputting NMEA.