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The New GUSS Herbicide Sprayer Will Be Available At Selected John Deere Dealer Locations

The New GUSS Herbicide Sprayer Will Be Available At Select John Deere Dealer Locations

GUSS Automation Introduces The First Driverless Orchard Herbicide Sprayer

GUSS Herbicide, the first and only autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer, is now available at selected John Deere dealers. This high-tech herbicide sprayer removes the driver from the vehicle to eliminate chemical exposure. From the safety of their cabin, a single operator can monitor any combination of up to eight GUSS, mini GUSS, or Herbicide GUSS sprayers on a laptop or computer.

Herbicide GUSS is the solution for growers looking to improve productivity, increase precision and efficiency, reduce operational and overhead costs, and improve worker safety. To stay in the row, the herbicide GUSS employs LIDAR technology.

USP of Herbicide GUSS 

The sprayer's nine sensors detect, target, and spot spray weeds on the orchard floor, reducing material usage and drift during application. Reducing the amount of material sprayed improves operator, environmental, and food safety.

"The announcement of Herbicide GUSS demonstrates why we are so excited to have GUSS as part of our High-Value Crop solutions portfolio," Greg Christensen, John Deere Marketing Manager for 5 Series Tractors and High-Value Crops, said. "The GUSS team has extensive experience in the high-value crop spraying industry." They were their first customers, so they can respond quickly to genuine customer needs. Customers in high-value crop space face numerous labor, safety, and sustainability challenges. GUSS, Mini GUSS, and now Herbicide GUSS can assist producers in overcoming these obstacles."

Herbicide GUSS is 23.5 feet long, 6.5 feet tall, and 8.3 to 19 feet wide depending on boom extension. The hydraulically controlled, height-adjustable booms can accommodate row spacing ranging from 18 to 22 feet and tilt to accommodate different berm sizes. The breakaway booms protect trees and crops.

"Growers have requested an autonomous herbicide machine. We took that concept a step further by incorporating weed detection technology to provide the grower with an extremely valuable machine. Lowering chemical usage helps growers save money while also benefiting the environment, according to Gary Thompson, COO of GUSS Automation.

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