Specialists in Elevation Surveys & Data Acquisition, Surface and Tile Drainage Design & Licensing, Drainage Equipment, Machine Control, & RTK Technologies
NORTHERN PLAINS DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
Northern Plains Drainage Systems is based in Oakville, 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, we’re also the company behind Ditch Assist™ and Rotary Ditcher Ltd, and operate the Northern Plains RTK Network. 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.
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.
Flat fields with standing water? You need a Rotary Ditcher!
Get standing water off your fields before crop damage occurs. Use in spring to get you on the fields earlier. Use in the fall to create complete field drainage systems. Ditch a quarter section in hours not days – much faster than a scraper. If you are in the Red River Valley, Regina Plains, or a similar region with flat, heavy clay soils, then you need a Rotary Ditcher!
We manufacture and sell the original “Fannystelle” Rotary Ditcher having taken over the company in 2016. The Rotary Ditcher has proven to be a reliable and valuable piece of equipment for hundreds of satisfied owners throughout North America in its 25 year history. The Rotary Ditcher is best suited to flatter prairie fields such as the heavy clay soils of the Red River Valley. As existing owners will tell you, it’s the best implement out there when it comes to working in standing water. Ideal for removal of spring runoff, as well as saving a growing crop. Equally effective for fall ditching, and capable of moving significantly more soil per hour than a scraper.
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!
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.
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.
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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Survey, 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.
Do It Yourself Options
RM Ditch Surveying & Plotting
Affordable RTK Corrections on our growing Network
Our new NTRIP RTK network gives you access to RTK corrections via cellular data for a fraction of the cost of buying a base station. With pricing that’s less than SF2 and RTX, and the ability to use multiple receivers on one low price subscription, our goal is to make RTK accessible to all. Options also available for farms or dealers to setup & operate their own RTK bases on our infrastructure.
We’ve developed innovative solutions to let you stream RTK into the most common GPS systems. Worried about cell coverage? We’ve got solutions for that too! One low subscription lets you access any of our base stations, and stream RTK corrections to up to 2 RTK unlocked GPS receivers. Long and short term subscriptions available. Order online and receive your login credentials immediately.