World’s first autonomous orchard sprayer unveiled

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

AgDaily Reporters

Robotics meets agriculture and eases some of the hard work associated with maintaining and orchard. Now, orchard owners and growers can more easily maintain their crops with an autonomous sprayer! Learn more about this exciting technological advance in the excerpt below from AgDaily.

With today’s technology, autonomy in agriculture is no longer a far off idea. California-based Crinklaw Farm Services Inc. has chosen Cummins to power the world’s first autonomous orchard sprayer, the Global Unmanned Spray System (though you’ll probably hear it referred to as GUSS).

GUSS is helping to ease the labor challenges facing agriculture, and provide gains in operational efficiency, precision and safety. Using a combination of GPS, vehicle sensors and software, a single employee can remotely monitor up to 10 GUSS sprayers at once across a variety of orchards.

Crinklaw Farm Services worked alongside Cummins to develop a suitable long term power solution for GUSS sprayers. At World Ag Expo 2018, it was announced that the Cummins QSB6.7 engine would be powering the first and only autonomous orchard sprayer in the world.

Gary Thompson the Marketing Director for Crinklaw Farm Services said, “GUSS’s whole design philosophy is based around innovation, efficiency and performance — building a machine that can spray row after row, day after day. For that, we needed a power solution we could rely on and Cummins has been very supportive in providing an exemplary engine package coupled with machine integration expertise. For us, 2019 is going to be a very exciting year, our new manufacturing facility in Kingsburg, California will be completed, enabling sales of GUSS globally”

Read more here.