Apr 5, 2023GUSS Automation celebrates success with autonomous sprayers
GUSS Automation’s Herbicide GUSS was named the recipient of the CES Innovation Award honoree presented by Consumer Technology Association and will be recognized at CES 2023, a tech event for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. The CES Innovation Awards program recognizes honorees in a multitude of consumer technology product categories and GUSS Automation will be recognized in the category of Food/AgTech.
Herbicide GUSS (Global Unmanned Spray System) is the first and only autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer on the market. This high-tech herbicide sprayer removes the driver from the tractor to save labor and eliminate exposure to the chemicals being sprayed. A single operator can monitor any combination of up to eight GUSS, mini GUSS and Herbicide GUSS sprayers from the safety of their vehicle to improve productivity, increase precision and efficiency, reduce operational and overhead costs, and enhance worker safety.
GUSS Automation’s autonomous sprayers were developed out of necessity. Orchard spraying business owner, Dave Crinklaw dealt with the shortage of agricultural labor in his own business and he found himself looking for answers and the solution came in the form of a driverless orchard sprayer. After developing and successfully introducing a fleet of GUSS sprayers into his own custom application business, Crinklaw decided to make GUSS autonomous sprayers available for any grower to own, including Herbicide GUSS. Today, GUSS Automation distributes GUSS autonomous sprayers worldwide.
“We innovate out of necessity for our own farm business. We also know that if the machine helps us, it will help other growers facing the same challenges we are. Herbicide GUSS is our latest innovation, and we are so excited to be honored with our third CES Innovation Award,” Gary Thompson, COO at GUSS Automation, said.
GUSS Automation, a company that develops autonomous herbicide sprayers, celebrated the delivery of its 200th autonomous sprayer. The sprayers are used in orchards and vineyards, and provides precision, efficient technology to growers. GUSS machines have now sprayed over a million acres since its debut.
In 2014 when commercial spray business owner, Dave Crinklaw, drew a design on his shop floor of what he envisioned the solution to his labor challenges and inefficiencies to be, the journey to building the first autonomous sprayer began. After several years of prototype development and refinement, GUSS was delivered to the first customer in 2019.
In Spring 2022, GUSS Automation took another leap forward by forming a joint venture with Deere & Company. This partnership was created to provide solutions to growers worldwide through increased precision and efficiency, enhanced safety, and confronting labor challenges. “Deere and GUSS are both committed to investing in innovation and technology to help farmers be more productive and profitable while growing more food using fewer resources,” Chris Davison, director, small tractor & HVC production systems at John Deere said.
As the need for autonomous agriculture equipment continues to grow, GUSS Automation works on developing new technologies to meet those needs.
For more information, visit www.GUSSag.com.