Western Canada’s Experts in Agricultural and Municipal Drainage


Northern Plains Drainage Systems is based near Elm Creek, Manitoba and operates throughout western Canada. We provide a variety of products and services focused around farm and municipal drainage and RTK GNSS positioning. As well as being a dealer for industry-leading brands, such as Soil-Max, ADS, Outback, Ag Leader, and Hemisphere GNSS, and we’re also the company behind Ditch Assist™ and Rotary Ditcher Ltd. We truly believe that drainage done right, whether surface, tile, or both, has the potential to transform your farming operation – and our customers tell us this regularly! We have extensive expertise and experience in drainage design, GPS technologies, GIS, land survey, and precision farming technologies.

Survey, Lidar Data, Drainage Design, Consulting Services

Undertaking any type of drainage works can be a big challenge. Being unsure whether your ideas will work, or not knowing what is and isn’t possible may mean you end up with drains that don’t work. Whatever your situation, we’ve probably encountered similar in the past and helped those land owners implement effective drainage measures.

Whether you are looking at surface or tile drainage, whole fields or partial fields, flat land or rolling land, we have experience surveying and designing drainage on tens of thousands of acres throughout western Canada.

If you have your own high-accuracy GPS data we offer a service to create high quality informative elevation and drainage maps from just $75/field, and if you want to take things a step further you can try out our free drainage design software Geo Surface Analyzer.

Our RM ditch survey program has been running over 5 years, and is the most streamlined and accurate way for municipalities to generate the required 3-shot level profiles of existing and proposed ditch works. 

Drainage Survey & Design Services
Do It Yourself Options
RM Ditch Surveying & Plotting

You own it. Why not farm it? Take back your wet areas by tiling them with a Soil-Max Tile Plow!

Imagine farming through wet areas, not around them. Imagine not seeing your crops underwater 3 days after heavy rain. Imagine higher and more consistent yields. Tile drainage will make a difference on your farm. While tiling entire fields is proven to increase long-term yield averages by 25% or more, many of our clients are targeting just their problem areas and gaining back productive acres – many tell us they are paying off their investment in equipment in one wet year! Owning your own tiling equipment means you can tile where you want on your schedule and within your budget, and eliminates the hassle of finding a contractor for smaller projects.

We started tiling in 2010, and started selling plows the next year. We could have chosen any plow to sell. We felt then, as we still do today, that the Soil-Max Stealth ZD plow is the best ‘farmer-owned’ plow on the market. It is simple to use (we’ll set it up and teach you how to run it in a couple of hours), and places tiles as accurately as a contractor plow (if anyone tells you otherwise they either want to sell you a different model or have never used a tile plow (or both!). Wherever you are located in western Canada, we’ll setup your plow on-site and spend the time training you how to use it. As a plow owner, you’ll benefit from our unrivalled knowledge and support.

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Want to make water go downhill without spending a fortune?

“I’m not ready to spend tens of thousands on a grade control system” – We heard that a lot!

That’s why we created Ditch Assist™, a new and innovative grade control system for scrapers, ditchers, pulldozers, and just about anything else that is raised and lowered hydraulically. We developed Ditch Assist to be a solution for those looking for a simple and affordable method of grade control without the premium features and premium price tag.

Ditch Assist is the first product of its kind to be Android-based, meaning it runs on low cost Android tablets instead of expensive displays. It’s also the first to offer wireless connectivity, meaning no cables between the tractor cab and the implement. If you are looking for a simple but effective way to automate grade control without the hefty price tag then Ditch Assist may be just what you’ve been waiting for!

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Tell us what you need. We’ll get it to you when and where you need it. You bury it!

You’re busy. Getting the right pipe for your job, when and where you need it shouldn’t be something you worry about. We supply pipe to most of the self-installers in western Canada as well as farmers with one-off projects. Just call us with your requirements and we’ll handle the rest. 

We sell and distribute ADS pipe, fittings, lift stations, and pumps throughout western Canada. We’ll help you determine the right materials for your project, and get it delivered where you need it when you need it there. We’re proud to keep supplying pipe year after year to most of our plow-owning clients. Typically we deal in ‘truckload’ orders, but whatever your project let us know your requirements as we may have someone else in your area looking too.

Drainage Pipe, Fittings, Pumps, Lift stations

Professional GNSS Equipment

In our business we have to be precise! We survey thousands of acres of land each year, as well as perform hundreds of miles of RTK municipal ditch surveys, and install thousands of feet of tile drainage. We sell and support the same GNSS equipment we use ourselves. Ag-GPS is typically setup to minimize downtime, however this also equals reduced accuracy. When it has to be precise, using quality equipment that’s properly configured is paramount.

For the value and performance offered, we chose the Hemisphere GNSS product line as the one we use, and the one we sell. If you don’t like paying for a name brand, and want equal or better performance then take a look at Hemisphere. From the survey-grade S321 receivers, to the affordable 2-4″ accuracy AtlasLink these are great products at realistic prices. The Outback smart receivers offer some of the same Hemisphere features in an ag-friendly format.

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Outback Guidance

We are an official Outback Guidance Dealer and can supply any Outback product, usually within a day or two. We’ve used Outback products on our farm for many years with great results, as well as selling many Outback GPS systems to be used with tile plows. The current flagship displays, the MAX and STX, are RTK capable and work with both Ditch Assist and on our RTK Network.

Outback Guidance is a leading agricultural GPS guidance system manufacturer. Our products focus on tractor guidance, mapping and precision spraying for ground agriculture and have a solid reputation within the industry, built on award winning technology and dedication to customer service.

Learn More at the Outback Website
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