Meet
Ditch Assist

Ditch Assist is the first truly affordable alternative to lasers for RTK land leveling and surface drainage. Designed for use with agricultural earth moving equipment such as scrapers, land levelers, Pulldozers, ditchers, rotary ditchers, and more.

THE STORY OF DITCH ASSIST

We couldn’t understand why farmers were still being asked to pay tens of thousands of dollars for GPS grade control when technology is becoming more capable and more affordable. So, we decided to do something about it and created a machine control system that could deliver the same results but at a price that made it realistic. To create and continue to develop Ditch Assist I work with a team of very talented engineers, programmers, and farmers. Our goal and focus has always been to create a system that delivers equal results to higher priced systems, to take advantage of technology where it reduces cost and clutter, to be compatible with any tractor and GPS, and to keep things simple for the end user. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved so far with Ditch Assist. We’ve already helped farmers on 4 continents grow more food by improving their water management, and we’re just getting started!

2017 will be a big year for us. With the launch of SLOPE-IQ™ we now offer the same variable slopes for surface drainage as systems costing 3 times more. We’ve focused on making Ditch Assist a highly effective replacement for lasers in land levelling, and now have solutions for a variety of land levelling applications. We’ll also announce an RTK solution that will smash the price barrier that may be keeping you from moving to RTK for machine control. We anticipate very high demand this year, particularly for our RTK solution, and will have a limited number of low-cost RTK systems available (this year they will only be available to new or existing Ditch Assist owners). Keep an eye on this page, and/or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be first to hear when we announce the RTK kits.

Our comprehensive Online Knowledge Base is now available (and growing by the week), and should become a useful resource to help you understand how Ditch Assist works and how you’ll be able to use it to better your operation. You can also submit any questions, tech support requests, and feature requests by opening a ticket in the knowledge base.

We’re also actively looking for progressive companies and individuals to become dealers and introduce Ditch Assist to their local markets. Why not offer your customers a great product at a fair price that the big guys can’t match? Ditch Assist is also the easiest system to install and setup, that’s why our dealers love to sell it! If you’d like to know more give Todd a call at +1-204-871-5004.

Simon Knutson, President of Northern Plains Drainage Systems & Creator of Ditch Assist
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CREATE DRAINS OR PLANES WITH SINGLE OR MULTI-SLOPES

Survey a proposed drainage route, or drive a line from one end of the field to the other. Then, use Slope-IQ™ to design a single or multi-slope ditch or plane based on your survey. Our ‘best-fit’ multi-grade slopes can reduce earth-moving by 60% vs traditional laser!

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IMPORT ADVANCED LAND FORMING OR LEVELING DESIGNS

Import & implement complex multi-slope and multi-plane land leveling designs in XYZ text format from popular software programs. Load the file into the Ditch Assist App. Ditch Assist will interpolate the points to re-create the design surface, and control the hydraulics to implement the design.

Wireless Communication

Ditch Assist™ is the only grade control system to use Wi-Fi communication between the cab and the implement. This makes the system simple to install, use, and easily moved between different pieces of equipment.

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Compatible with Your Equipment

Ditch Assist™ works with every brand of GPS, every implement that’s raised and lowered hydraulically, and any tractor – regardless of it’s age. Don’t be tied to one brand!

Android Based User Interface

Ditch Assist’s user interface is a free Android app that runs on Android tablets. This makes Ditch Assist the most affordable and easily updatable grade control system available.

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CREATE DRAINS OR PLANES WITH SINGLE OR MULTI-SLOPES

Survey a proposed drainage route, or drive a line from one end of the field to the other. Then, use Slope-IQ™ to design a single or multi-slope ditch or plane based on your survey. Our ‘best-fit’ multi-grade slopes can reduce earth-moving by 60% vs traditional laser!

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Import Advanced Land Levelling Designs

Import & implement complex multi-slope and multi-plane land levelling designs in XYZ text format from popular software programs. Load the file into the Ditch Assist App. Ditch Assist will interpolate the points to re-create the design surface, and control the hydraulics to implement the design.

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Wireless

Ditch Assist™ is the only grade control system to use Wi-Fi communication between the cab and the implement. This makes the system simple to install, use, and easily moved between different pieces of equipment.

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Compatible

Ditch Assist™ works with every brand of GPS, every implement that’s raised and lowered hydraulically, and any tractor – regardless of it’s age. Don’t be tied to one brand!

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Runs on Android

Ditch Assist’s user interface is a free Android app that runs on Android tablets. This makes Ditch Assist the most affordable and easily updatable grade control system available.

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Cost of
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Distribution of Ditch Assist is handled by Botterill Sales.
For purchasing information and dealer opportunities please call +1-204-871-5004 or complete the Contact Form

Now with Slope-IQ™ ‘Best-Fit’ Technology


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With Slope-IQ™ you can be confident you aren’t moving any more dirt than you need to be. Simply drive along the proposed drainage route (or across a field you’d like to land level) in survey mode. Then, specify the minimum slope you’d like to maintain for your ditch or plane. Ditch Assist will do the rest!



Slope-IQ™ Works with
Curved or Straight Routes


Wherever the land has sufficient natural slope, you won’t move any more dirt (unless you decide to by using the Nudge Down function). Wherever there’s a hump that would hold back water, Slope-IQ™ will implement your minimum grade. The end result is a drain that always has at least your minimum slope, but you won’t move an inch more dirt than needed.


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Looking for an affordable replacement for a laser for land levelling?

Slope-IQ also works for single or variable slope land-forming on smaller fields, or areas of a field that are fairly uniform. Drive in a straight line down the center of the field or area to be land-formed in survey mode, and design the run as normal. When you start working on either side of your original survey, Ditch Assist will fetch the target height from the nearest point on the original route, effectively ‘stretching’ the design and allowing you to make multiple passes using one original survey. On larger fields, you can repeat this process, effectively dividing the field into smaller areas of similar uniformity.

Example Applications for Ditch Assist

Variable Slope

Survey the proposed route (it can be a straight line or a curve) by driving it. Enter Slope-IQ design screen and enter the minimum required slope. Review and accept the design. Implement design.


Grade a Field or Area

In smaller or uniform fields, use Slope-IQ to design a variable slope through the middle of the field. Ditch Assist will ‘stretch’ the design across the field to create a plane.


Maintain a Grade

Use Survey Mode if needed to determine the grade. Drive to point A, lower your implement to ground. Enter the target grade, and select if you are working Uphill/Downhill. Hit ‘Start’.


Trench and/or Lay Pipe

Use the Nudge function to increase the target depth by as many inches as required. In Slope-IQ mode this will follow the contours of the land. In Grading Mode it will hold a grade.


Level an Area

To create a level area use Ditch Assist in Grading Mode. Enter ‘0’ in the target grade box, lower your blade to the level you’d like to achieve, and hit ‘Start’. Ditch Assist will maintain the same height.


Guidance for Digging

Mount your GPS antenna on the boom, then use the up/down lightbar on the Ditch Assist App to check grade each time you return it to a set position. No laser to move!

With Ditch Assist you’ll achieve the same results as other systems costing several times more!

Typical Hardware Installation


Ditch Assist Operation Principles


Mapping Service

If you farm with high-accuracy GPS you’re probably logging elevation data on every field. We can take your logged data, process it, and provide you with kml drainage maps that you can load as a background layer in Ditch Assist PLUS give you data layers that load in our free drainage design software so you can even do some of your own drainage design! All for just $75/field

The above example images show (a) a screenshot from the Ditch Assist App when the flow routes have been loaded as a background, and (b) a screenshot our our free drainage design software called Geo Surface Analyzer, or ‘GSA’ for short.
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