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Automated orchard sprayer from Kingsburg is among Top-10 New Products featured at World Ag Expo


TULARE – A revolutionary product with the ability to automate orchard spraying was named one of the Top-10 New Products at this year’s World Ag Expo, and it will make the shortest trip as it was designed just up Highway 99 in Kingsburg.

Introduced by the Crinklaw Farm Services Inc. and CFS, LP the Global Unmanned Spray System (GUSS) is the only robotic agricultural orchard sprayer offering precision application with the touch of a button. GUSS is fully automated, providing targeted, pinpoint application of pesticides and fertilizers more efficiently and safer than can be accomplished with manned equipment.

GUSS is equipped with a 173-HP Cummins diesel engine, a 600-gallon water tank, and a state-of-the-art electronics system. A combination of GPS, lasers, and other vehicle sensors provide GUSS’s guidance which safely drives the vehicle through the orchard rows. The unmanned sprayer integrates GPS field mapping with automation software to deliver precision application at the most consistent rate and speed possible.

GUSS’s innovative electronics system offers redundant safety features. The cutting-edge software creates custom field maps with built-in safety borders to ensure that GUSS stays on track. It has obstacle detection laser sensors that cause an automatic shutdown when an obstacle is detected. The front bumper is touch sensitive and shuts the vehicle down if pressed. With front and rear steering, GUSS is surprisingly mobile with a 17-foot turning radius allowing uninterrupted pass after pass and eliminating unnecessary downtime. GUSS’s streamlined design allows it to navigate narrow orchard rows without damaging the crop.

Its comprehensive software allows for more accurate tracking of product application and produces detailed compliance reports for regulatory entities. The electronic tracking system eliminates over-spraying, minimizes waste, provides increased food safety, and allows growers to analyze product usage.

GUSS was designed to maximize application efficiency and accuracy on mid to large-scale farming operations consisting of almond, pistachio, walnut, citrus, and stone fruit trees.

Originally named Crinklaw Farm Services, CFS has been a leader in the agricultural spray business for over 35 years. With headquarters in Kingsburg, Calif., CFS provides farm services all over California’s San Joaquin Valley and even into Arizona. GUSS will be on display at Ride & Drive 5 exhibit space. For more information, visit

Sponsored by Bank of America, Top-10 New Products Competition winners will be showcased Feb. 13-15, 2018, during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. An impressive field of cutting-edge, cost-saving, and resource-managing products were submitted for the contest by exhibitors of the largest annual agricultural show of its kind. The contest judges were made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals.

The competition is conducted annually by the International Agri-Center in conjunction with World Ag Expo, which draws more than 1,400 exhibitors and an estimated annual average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries. Exhibitors must nominate their products for judging by the Oct. 31 deadline to be eligible.

Andros ‑ Megabinder LRV
Paso Robles, Calif.
The MegaBinder retrieves and compacts Drip-tape and Mulch film into dense, uniform rolls for easy handling.
Exhibit Space: N46, N48, N50

Metalcraft of Ga, Inc. – Metalcraft 2614 TILT
Louisville, Ga.
The Metalcraft TILT scraper will save you time and money by utilizing tilt sensors and GPS controls to create precision slopes without the extra expense of bulldozers and motor graders.
Exhibit Space: SS15, SS17

Lindsay Corporation – Pivot Control Lite
Omaha, Neb.
Pivot Control Lite includes an integrated cellular modem and on-board GPS, giving growers the ability to precisely control the amount of water that is applied – avoiding over-watering and decreasing unnecessary pumping costs.
Exhibit Space: L40

Cargill Animal Nutrition – Reveal Analysis
Elk River, Minn.
By combining Cargill’s global forage database with SCiO, the world’s first pocket-sized connected micro-spectrometer, dairy producers now have the power of our lab in the palm of their hands. Dairy producers can now quickly determine the dry matter of their forage to make ration adjustments in real-time.
Exhibit Space: Dairy Center 6408

Hydrox Technologies – Solar Shrink Mulch Film
Sumner Park, Queensland, Australia
Solar Shrink plastic mulch film, developed by Hydrox Technologies in Australia, is manufactured to have shrinking forces trapped into the plastic so that, after laying sunlight heats the plastic and causes it to shrink tightly to the growing bed, preventing the sheet from flapping in the wind.
Exhibit Space: Pavilion B 2113

Sweco Products Inc. – Sweco Orchard Master
Sutter, Calif.
The Orchard Master is designed to incorporate any weeds or harvesting debris into the soil using a newly designed ground driven incorporating roller. This ground driven incorporating roller follows a series of rippers that open the ground for it to break up the soil and incorporate the debris.
Exhibit Space: Q38

Truck Claws – TruckClaws /TruckClawsII / TruckClaws Quick Connect
Harrisonburg, Va.
TruckClaws feature a traction cleat that attaches to a drive tire on the rear of a vehicle with a customized reinforced strap and heavy-duty ratchet. The devices can free a truck stuck in mud, snow, ice and sand and may be installed over tire chains but also work great without them.
Exhibit Space: Pavilion A 1501

Environmental Technologies Inc – Thymox Footbath 1p
Selah, Wash.
Thymox is a highly concentrated liquid footbath effective at controlling hairy heel warts (digital dermatitis).
Exhibit Space: DX40, DX41

Eno Scientific LLC – Well Watch 700
Hillsborough, N.C.
The Well Watch 700 is an intelligent water well management system for agricultural applications. The sensor monitors water levels using sound waves, providing real time level data down to 7000 ft.
Exhibit Space: Pavilion B 2316

Exeter offers Park & Ride to Farm Show
The Exeter Chamber of Commerce is offering a free park and ride shuttle from downtown Exeter to the World Ag Expo, also known as the Farm Show, in Tulare. The shuttle will make a round trip to Exeter and back every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 13-15. For more information,call the chamber at 559-592-2919 or visit

Feed Your Brain!

Ready to learn more about new trends in your industry? Be sure to catch a seminar or two at World Ag Expo®. Seminars are free to attend and cover a variety of topics ranging from Dairy and Irrigation to Marketing and International Trade. Industry specialists will share trends, studies and ideas on how to increase efficiency in your operation. Click here to check out a full listing of the seminar schedule.


Are You More of a Hands-on Learner?

Check out our Ride & Drive locations! Trucks, ATVs and more (including one of our Top 10 winners, GUSS), are available for your test-driving pleasure. Also, stop by the World Ag Expo® Arena for live equipment demonstrations and watch exhibitors demonstrate their newest innovations!

2018 World Ag Expo® App!

Put show information in the palm of your hand with World Ag Expo®’s official mobile app! The app provides exhibitor information, news and updates, maps, food booth locations and a full schedule of events! Search for “World Ag Expo® 2018” in the app store to download the free app.


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Event Details At-A-Glance:

2018 World Ag Expo®
February 13-15, 2018
4500 S. Laspina St.
Tulare, CA 93274
$15 gate admission
$12 online ticket price with discount code ENEWS4 entered at checkout
February 13 & February 14: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 15: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.