Deere & Co has announced a joint venture with GUSS Automation. GUSS, Global Unmanned Spray System, is a pioneer in semi-autonomous orchard and vineyard sprayers. Through the joint venture, Deere will help GUSS further collaborate with the Deere sales channel and GUSS will continue its innovation and product development to best serve customers. John Deere director – small tractor & high-value crop (HVC) production system Chris Davison said Deere and GUSS are both committed to investing in innovation and technology to help famers be more productive and profitable, while growing more food using fewer resources. “As demand for high-value crops grows, we see significant opportunities to help growers be more productive while addressing the challenges of increasing labour costs and finding skilled labour to operate equipment,” Davison said. “The GUSS team has a deep understanding of the high-value crop production system, as well as strong relationships with customers and a proven track record of deploying innovative technology.” Multiple GUSS sprayers can be remotely supervised by a single operator at the same time, allowing growers to spray orchards and vineyards more quickly and with more consistent application, using fewer resources and reducing costs by eliminating operator error and downtime. The machines also control application rates and sprayer speeds across entire fields in variable terrain with adjustable software parameters.