GUSS Herbicide autonomously controls weeds in the orchard

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Herbicide GUSS is 23.5 feet long (7.16 meters), 6.5 feet high (1.9 meters), and 8.3 to 19 feet wide (2.53 to 5.79 meters), depending on how far out the boom is extended. | Credit: GUSS

With its new autonomous herbicide sprayer, GUSS Automation is yet again receiving a lot of attention. Herbicide GUSS is the latest addition to the GUSS lineup. It is a herbicide orchard sprayer designed to do its job autonomously.

This high-tech herbicide sprayer removes the driver from the tractor to save labor and eliminate exposure to the chemicals being sprayed. From the safety of their vehicle, one person can keep an eye on up to eight GUSS, mini GUSS, and Herbicide GUSS sprayers.

Herbicide GUSS is the best way for growers to meet and exceed their needs to improve productivity, increase precision and efficiency, cut operational and overhead costs, and make workers safer.

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The sprayer has nine sensors that find, target, and spray only the weeds on the orchard floor. | Credit: GUSS

Herbicide GUSS is designed to reduce the amount of material used and the amount that drifts during application. When less material is sprayed, the worker, the environment, and the food produced are all safer.

“Our growers have been asking for an autonomous herbicide machine. We took that concept to the next level by implementing weed detection technology to give the grower a machine that provides immense value. Lower chemical usage helps the grower reduce costs and is a benefit to the environment,” said Gary Thompson, COO at GUSS Automation.

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GUSS Automation’s autonomous sprayers were developed out of necessity. Dave Crinklaw is the owner of an orchard spraying business. He had trouble finding farm workers for his business, so he looked for a solution. He found it in a driverless orchard sprayer. After making a fleet of GUSS (Global Unmanned Spray System) sprayers for his own custom application business and having them work well, Crinklaw decided that any grower could buy a GUSS sprayer.

Technical Specs

Herbicide GUSS is 23.5 feet long (7.16 meters), 6.5 feet high (1.9 meters), and 8.3 to 19 feet wide (2.53 to 5.79 meters), depending on how far out the boom is extended. The hydraulically controlled, height-adjustable booms can fit between 18 and 22 feet (5.49 m and 6.7 m) between rows and can tilt to make berms of different sizes. Trees and crops don’t get damaged because the booms fall off. This herbicide sprayer is designed to save growers around the world money on labor and materials while improving their efficiency, accuracy, and safety.

See it at your local John Deere dealer

With the newly formed joint venture between GUSS Automation and John Deere, Deere is enthused about the solutions Herbicide GUSS will provide for growers. “The announcement of Herbicide GUSS underscores why we are so excited to have GUSS as part of our High-Value Crop solutions lineup,” said Greg Christensen, John Deere Marketing Manager for 5 Series Tractors and High-Value Crops. “The GUSS team has years and depth of experience in the high-value crop spraying business. They were their own first customers, so they are able to solve true customer needs very quickly. Orchard and vineyard customers in the high-value crop space face many labor, safety and sustainability challenges. GUSS, Mini GUSS and now Herbicide GUSS can help producers overcome these challenges.”

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at