Crop Thinning, Including Fruit, Foliage, Or Moss Removal Patents (Class 47/1.43)
  • Patent number: 9675014
    Abstract: A method for cultivating plants is described. The method comprises the steps of sowing seeds in the growing medium in sterilized pots (17) using a sowing device (7), allowing the seeds to germinate in a germination device (8), automatically moving the pots through a greenhouse (2) to allow the germinated seeds to grow into plants (43), harvesting the grown plants using a harvester (5), and sterilizing the pots with the growing medium in a sterilization device (6) after harvest in order to provide sterilized pots (17) with a growing medium. An arrangement for performing the method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PLANTAGON INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Hans Hassle
  • Patent number: 9681125
    Abstract: A method of video coding includes receiving a video image having a plurality of pixels, selecting a plurality of Gaussian models for each pixel, classifying each pixel as a background or foreground pixel, determining if an object is always moving locally by detecting if an object is always moving within a predetermined distance and changing the direction of moving frequently for a second predetermined period of time, removing an object from classification as an object and ignoring motion of the object if the object is always moving locally, marking the area that the object moves within as a noisy area on a noise mask buffer, updating background models based on motion detection and noise filtering, updating current and evolving background images, and coding the current background image, background update blocks and objects for transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PELCO, INC
    Inventors: Lei Wang, Hongwei Zhu, Farzin Aghdasi, Greg Millar
  • Patent number: 9380773
    Abstract: This application discusses, among other things, agricultural equipment and more particularly agricultural chemical applicators. In an example, an agricultural sprayer system can include a first boom section configured to receive a carrier material and a chemical material and to provide an agricultural chemical mixture, the boom section having a plurality of nozzles for spraying the chemical mixture; and a first rod insert coupled to an end cap of the boom section, the rod insert configured to reduce the volume of the boom section and to provide increased flow velocity of the chemical mixture to each of the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Marie Hebbert, Michael Jordan Sukalski, Colin James Taylor, Jaclyn Marie Clark, Nicholas O. Michael
  • Patent number: 9260287
    Abstract: A riding crop for controlling a horse by striking its flank or hindquarters includes a slender, elongated shaft with a handle at its proximal end and a popper at its distal end. To ensure that the popper is normally the first part of the riding crop that strikes the horse, the popper has a thicker or larger cross-sectional dimension than the mid-length portion of the shaft that supports the popper. The popper can have a relatively resilient or pliable characteristic with respect to the more rigid shaft. When the pliable popper contacts the horse prior to any other portion of the riding crop, it deforms to soften or cushion the impact from the riding crop reducing the chance of injury or harm to the horse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Ramon Dominguez
  • Patent number: 9232802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for thinning fruit by using the active substance metamitron and corresponding metamitron-containing fruit thinning formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: ADAMA FAHRENHEIT B.V
    Inventors: Peter Baur, Wolfgang Benz, Helmut Fuersch, Leonardo Pitta, Wolfgang Wirth, Michael Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9107354
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for early diagnosis and real time remote intervention of crop condition by correlating collected crop characteristics with known plant parameters, economic variables and algorithms to computer generate an irrigation decision, remotely execute the same and notify the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SMARTFIELD, INC.
    Inventors: Tommy J. Martin, Jeffrey P. McNeill, Joel Hohenberger
  • Publication number: 20150075068
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus and methods for removing unwanted plants or weeds from an area such as an agricultural plot or lawn. The apparatus includes a three-dimensional imager configured to capture plant images and locate plants; an image processor configured to distinguish between wanted and unwanted plants based upon the captured plant images; at least one laser device configured to emit a laser beam having power sufficient to damage the unwanted plants; a laser beam controller configured to direct at least one laser beam toward the unwanted plant; and a chassis configured to support the three-dimensional imager, the laser device, and the laser beam controller. The chassis is configured to be moved across the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy David Stowe, Patrick Yasuo Maeda, Tim Curley
  • Patent number: 8927459
    Abstract: A method is provided for inhibiting plant growth by inducing hypothermia by applying a treating substance to summer annual weeds and grasses. Susceptible undesirable plants will be killed by this treatment, while non-susceptible desirable plants will not be adversely affected by this treatment. Compressed carbon dioxide may be applied to other summer grasses to cause the grasses to become dormant. An apparatus is provided for inducing hypothermia in undesirable plants by applying a treating substance. A canister capable of housing gas may be provided. A valve may be provided to control the amount and pressure of gas dispensed from the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Arctic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robby James Howerton, Gina Marie Stewart, Steven Lee Worm
  • Publication number: 20140373438
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for thinning fruit by using the active substance metamitron and corresponding metamitron-containing fruit thinning formulations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: PETER BAUR, WOLFGANG BENZ, HELMUT FUERSCH, LEONARDO PITTA, WOLFGANG WIRTH, MICHAEL SCHROEDER
  • Publication number: 20140373437
    Abstract: What is provided is a thinning apparatus and method, comprising: a rod with a plurality of recesses spaced at multiple locations long its length and spaced at one or more positions around its perimeter, and an attachment end capable of removably attaching said rod to a handheld rotating power tool; and a plurality of flexible tubular members attached to said rod in said recesses; said rod is capable of being rotated by said rotating power tool about said perimeter; said flexible tubular members are capable of being placed in contact with one or more blossoms or green fruit and removing said one or more blossoms or green fruit by said contact during said rotation; and said apparatus is capable of being handheld, including during said rotation and said removal, and being manually maneuvered to multiple angles with respect to said one or more blossoms or green fruit during said rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Phillip John Miller
  • Patent number: 8872136
    Abstract: Non soil-invasive four-parameter rapid unnatural dual component selective illumination protocol (UDCIP) for plant eradication using a process time under one minute. Application of a relatively low level of non-mutating UV-A optical energy to root crowns and/or soil grades allows below-ground UV-A penetration into soil to illuminate root crowns, and when preceded by or coincident with an above ground near-IR defoliation and root crown illumination step, results in an unexpected rise in lethality. Very high lethality, including 100 percent, is obtained using low deposited energy. UV-A optical energy can be delivered to root crowns and adjacent soil via a UV-transmissive knive blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Global Neighbor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Jackson, Patrick A. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20140259898
    Abstract: A method of selectively eradicating plants includes generating images of multiple plants arranged in a bed using a machine vision system mounted to a platform moving along the bed, determining respective locations of the multiple plants from the generated images, selecting from among the multiple plants one or more target plants to be eradicated, and eradicating the one or more target plants by forcing the one or more target plants into the bed using a plunger moving along the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Jens
  • Patent number: 8826587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for thinning fruit by using the active substance metamitron and corresponding metamitron-containing fruit thinning formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Bayer Cropscience AG
    Inventors: Peter Baur, Wolfgang Benz, Helmut Fürsch, Leonardo Pitta, Wolfgang Wirth, Michael Schröder
  • Patent number: 8627596
    Abstract: A method is provided for inhibiting plant growth by inducing hypothermia by applying a treating substance to summer annual weeds and grasses. Susceptible undesirable plants will be killed by this treatment, while non-susceptible desirable plants will not be adversely affected by this treatment. Compressed carbon dioxide may be applied to other summer grasses to cause the grasses to become dormant. An apparatus is provided for inducing hypothermia in undesirable plants by applying a treating substance. A canister capable of housing gas may be provided. A valve may be provided to control the amount and pressure of gas dispensed from the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Artic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robby James Howerton, Gina Marie Stewart, Steven Lee Worm, Michael Alan Batalia
  • Publication number: 20130326942
    Abstract: The device for removing flowers from a fruit tree by pulling off from their branch is formed by a rod, a gripping and a puller. The gripper can be a handle. The puller is mounted at the end of the handle for pulling off flowers. The puller can be formed of at least one roller provided with fibers in the form of bristles, each roller being mounted articulated, freely rotating at the end of the rod, so that the transverse displacement of the rod into contact with the branch induces a rotation of each roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Villanou
  • Publication number: 20130312322
    Abstract: The invention relates to the thinning and harvesting of fruit and flowers. The device is an apparatus that can thin flowers, since said device is able to reduce the number of flowers on a tree, or can harvest fruit from fruit trees or berries from bushes. To that end, the device includes an activation means (4, 4), configured to spin a shaft (2) and preferably made of calibrated steel, along which a plurality of filaments (3) are attached, said filaments being braided cords (3) that are approximately 3 mm thick and approximately 8 cm long.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Juan Antonio Sagarra Dolset, Jose Marla Sagarra Dolset
  • Patent number: 8544205
    Abstract: An increase in the total grain and biomass yields and photosynthetic rates of plants grown at high densities achieved by novel methods of defoliating the primary-source leaf of a majority of such plants. In particular the methods provide for increased grain and biomass yields, including for example, increased average kernel mass for maize plants, and photosynthetic rates through the timely removal of the primary-source leaf of a majority of the plants grown at high densities. This invention also relates to seeds obtained by using the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventor: Jeffrey E Habben
  • Publication number: 20130199089
    Abstract: An apparatus (20) for use in stripping irregular material (8) from a line (3, 4) during relative movement between the apparatus (20) and line (3, 4), including a material guide (50), stripping mechanism (40) and line guide (30). A first line guide element(30a), first stripping element (40a) and first material guide element (50a) collectively form a first stripping assembly and the second line guide element (30b), second stripping element (40b) and second material guide element (50b) collectively form a second stripping assembly, the line passing between said stripping assemblies during said stripping. The stripping assemblies are orientated during said stripping such that the first material guide rotation axis and the first stripping element rotation axis are on a first lateral side of the line and the second material guide rotation axis and the second stripping element rotation axis are on a second lateral side of the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Honeypot Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Nigel Hamish George, Marcus James Wickman, Albert Arnold Love, Garry Trevor Love
  • Publication number: 20130190174
    Abstract: A method is provided for inhibiting plant growth by inducing hypothermia by applying a treating substance to summer annual weeds and grasses. Susceptible undesirable plants will be killed by this treatment, while non-susceptible desirable plants will not be adversely affected by this treatment. Compressed carbon dioxide may be applied to other summer grasses to cause the grasses to become dormant. An apparatus is provided for inducing hypothermia in undesirable plants by applying a treating substance. A canister capable of housing gas may be provided. A valve may be provided to control the amount and pressure of gas dispensed from the canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Arctic, Inc.
    Inventor: Arctic, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130167434
    Abstract: A guide (23) supports a pole (22) by clamping a tree. (27) Guide (23) is a separate device which is comprised of a frame (24 25) which houses a tree clamp (31) and a pole clamp. (32) The use of guide (23) greatly extends the reach of a cutter. (21) Multiple poles (22) and guides (23) are added to reach a pre-determined cutting height. Guide (23) provides a stable elevated platform where a pivot point (71) is established. Leverage is thereby provided for positioning and moving cutter. (21) Trimming begins by activating cutter (21) and releasing pole clamp (32) allowing cutter (21) to engage with branches. (34) Additionally, branches (34) are also trimmed utilizing motor driven wheels (59) which provide rotation of guide, (23) pole (22) and cutter (21) around the perimeter of tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: GREGORY SCOTT FIRTH
  • Patent number: 8365464
    Abstract: Plant eradication using by inflicting upon a plant root (R) unnatural hot wound mechanical and thermal trauma delivered from a hot stab knife (V) which produces a stab gash (K) sufficiently deep to traverse plant cortex (C) and penetrate to plant xylem (X), simultaneous with or followed by heating the damaged area to a temperature of higher than 70 C, preferably 200 C for a sufficient time to cause cellular damage to the plant root. The root and hot stab knife may be shrouded to increase the temperature adjacent the stab gash. Preferably, the stab knife is formed to be sufficiently acuate and flat so as to allow a surface/volume ratio for the stab knife to be at least twice that of a cone of similar size and extent. Unhealable damage results, believed to caused by role conversion of organisms in the rhizosphere from sybiosis to antagonism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Global Neighbor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan A Jackson
  • Patent number: 8250807
    Abstract: An increase in the total grain and biomass yields and photosynthetic rates of plants grown at high densities achieved by novel methods of defoliating the primary-source leaf of a majority of such plants. In particular the methods provide for increased grain and biomass yields, including for example, increased average kernel mass for maize plants, and photosynthetic rates through the timely removal of the primary-source leaf of a majority of the plants grown at high densities. This invention also relates to seeds obtained by using the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Habben
  • Patent number: 8141292
    Abstract: Plant eradication using by inflicting upon a plant root (R) unnatural hot wound mechanical and thermal trauma delivered from a hot stab knife (V) which produces a stab gash (K) sufficiently deep to traverse plant cortex (C) and penetrate to plant xylem (X), simultaneous with or followed by heating the damaged area to a temperature of higher than 70 C, preferably 200 C for a sufficient time to cause cellular damage to the plant root. The root and hot stab knife may be shrouded to increase the temperature adjacent the stab gash. Preferably, the stab knife is formed to be sufficiently acuate and flat so as to allow a surface/volume ratio for the stab knife to be at least twice that of a cone of similar size and extent. Unhealable damage results, believed to caused by role conversion of organisms in the rhizosphere from sybiosis to antagonism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Global Neighbor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan A Jackson
  • Publication number: 20120047798
    Abstract: An herbicide delivery apparatus which administers an herbicide to a plant by receiving a plant member such as a stem or vine into an herbicide-filled cavity via a primary reservoir cap. The herbicide delivery apparatus may also administer an herbicide by removing a tapered reservoir cap and inserting a tapered reservoir into a cavity of a plant member such as a stump or branch. Once inserted, the herbicide may flow out of the herbicide-filled cavity and into the plant cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Edward A. Komorek, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110296548
    Abstract: Hybrids and derived cultivars of the rice cultivar designated ‘CL151’ are disclosed. The invention relates to hybrid rice seeds and plants produced by crossing the cultivar ‘CL151’ with another rice cultivar. The invention further relates to other derivatives of the rice cultivar ‘CL151.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Steven D. Linscombe
  • Publication number: 20110289620
    Abstract: This invention relates in part to plant breeding and herbicide tolerant plants. This invention includes a novel aad-1 transformation event in corn plants comprising a polynucleotide sequence, as described herein, inserted into a specific site within the genome of a corn cell. In some embodiments, said event/polynucleotide sequence can be “stacked” with other traits, including, for example, other herbicide tolerance gene(s) and/or insect-inhibitory proteins. Additionally, the subject invention provides assays for detecting the presence of the subject event in a sample (of corn grain, for example). The assays can be based on the DNA sequence of the recombinant construct, inserted into the corn genome, and on the genomic sequences flanking the insertion site. Kits and conditions useful in conducting the assays are also provided. The subject invention also includes related methods of controlling weeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Yunxing Cui, Jill Rene Bryan, Donald Glynn Maum, Terry Wright, Jennifer L. Hamilton, Nicole L. Arnold, Nathan Vanopdorp, Tina Marie Kaiser, Ning Zhou, Steve Allan McMaster, Mark Allen Peterson, Leon Bo Braxton, Gregory J. Gilles
  • Publication number: 20110283609
    Abstract: Apparatus for killing unwanted vegetation using heated water comprises a refillable compressed air tank, a refillable water tank, a shut-off valve operably installed on a connection conduit between the compressed air tank and the water tank for select opening and closing of the conduit to respectively allow and prevent flow between the tanks, a flexible hose connected to the water tank, an applicator wand connected to the flexible hose opposite the water tank and comprising a rigid delivery conduit terminating at a discharge end of the applicator wand and a normally closed control valve on the applicator wand to selectively and temporarily open to control discharge of heated water from the water tank under air pressure from the air tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: John Leach
  • Publication number: 20110211733
    Abstract: A thinning or weeding apparatus includes an image processing apparatus. The image processing apparatus includes an automated visual detection system which includes a visual sensor system and an image processing system capable of receiving an image from the visual sensor system. The image processing apparatus then processes the image in the image processing system to determine where plants are located and to determine which plants will be thinned or weeded and which will not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Michael W. SCHWARZ
  • Patent number: 7954276
    Abstract: Plant eradication using by inflicting upon a plant root (R) unnatural hot wound mechanical and thermal trauma delivered from a hot stab knife (V) which produces a stab gash (K) sufficiently deep to traverse plant cortex (C) and penetrate to plant xylem (X), simultaneous with or followed by heating the damaged area to a temperature of higher than 70 C, preferably 200 C for a sufficient time to cause cellular damage to the plant root. The root and hot stab knife may be shrouded to increase the temperature adjacent the stab gash. Preferably, the stab knife is formed to be sufficiently acuate and flat so as to allow a surface/volume ratio for the stab knife to be at least twice that of a cone of similar size and extent. Unhealable damage results, believed to caused by role conversion of organisms in the rhizosphere from symbiosis to antagonism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Global Neighbor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20110046785
    Abstract: Method and device for the removal of a part of a crop, such as a leaf (14). To this end, the crop is approached from a low position with vision techniques and the stem (12) and the parts protruding therefrom are observed from beneath. Based upon the number of images observed, an arm is controlled and moved towards the relevant stalk (13). This movement is primarily parallel to the stalk and is performed from a low proximity position. When the stalk (13) is approached, the stalk (13) is positioned within an opening between two rotating parts (3). The stalk is grasped by way of rotation and the stalk is moved in respect of the arm so that the cutting point of the stalk is manipulated towards the arm. The stalk (13) is subsequently cut through and the leaf is disposed of.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Zeelen
  • Publication number: 20100307396
    Abstract: A method of managing timberland generally includes planting within a plot a first genetic tree crop of a first tree species that is selected for at least a first tree trait in a substantially linear pattern defining a first plurality of adjacent substantially linear beds at a first crop spacing and at a first row spacing between adjacent substantially linear beds. The method further includes interplanting a second genetic tree crop of the first tree species that is selected for at least a second tree trait in the first plurality of adjacent substantially linear beds at a second crop spacing that is shorter than the first crop spacing, such that adjacent substantially linear beds include trees of the first and second genetic tree crops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventors: Howard W. Duzan, JR., George Bledsoe
  • Publication number: 20100281770
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (100) for stripping irregular material (2) from a line (1) during relative movement between the apparatus (100) and line (1). The apparatus (100) includes a line guide (200), material guide (210) and stripping mechanism (101). The line (1) passes through the line guide (200). The material guide (210) is configured to guide, constrict, compact and/or re-orientate the irregular material (2) into engagement with the stripping mechanism (101). The stripping mechanism (101) has stripping elements (102) movable with respect to the line guide (200) and line (1) to strip the material (2) from the line (1). The method includes stripping material (2) from a line (1) extending between two end supports (4) and being releasably attached to intermediate supports (3). The material (2) is stripped by causing relative movement between a guide (100) and the line (1) after the line (1) is detached and moved away from the intermediate supports (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: HONEY-POT HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel Hamish George, Marcus James Wickham, Garry Trevor Love, Albert Arnold Love
  • Patent number: 7818915
    Abstract: The present invention is in the area of agriculture and more specifically is directed to a method for improving the culture of the edible fig (Ficus carica). As currently grown in California, the fig tends to have a rather short season so that fresh fruit is available only sporadically. The present invention provides a comprehensive method for improved culture of edible figs to provide fresh fruit throughout the year. The method specifies optimum methods for establishing and maintaining orchards. The method includes steps for extending fruit production into the winter. The method includes steps for enhancing fruit quality especially antioxidant compounds which are believed to be beneficial to human health. The method includes steps ensuring that fresh fruit will have an extended storage life. All of these factors contribute to higher yield and higher overall profitability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: The State of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
    Inventor: Moshe A. Flaishman
  • Publication number: 20100267558
    Abstract: A method is provided for inhibiting plant growth by inducing hypothermia by applying a treating substance to summer annual weeds and grasses. Susceptible undesirable plants will be killed by this treatment, while non-susceptible desirable plants will not be adversely affected by this treatment. Compressed carbon dioxide may be applied to other summer grasses to cause the grasses to become dormant. An apparatus is provided for inducing hypothermia in undesirable plants by applying a treating substance. A canister capable of housing gas may be provided. A valve may be provided to control the amount and pressure of gas dispensed from the canister.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Robby James Howerton, Gina Marie Stewart, Steven Lee Worm, Michael Alan Batalia
  • Publication number: 20090272029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling pathogen growth on live plants and mushrooms using UV-C light and an apparatus for use in the method. Also provided are methods for removing surplus leaves and methods for destroying aerial plant parts prior to harvest of underground roots, tubers or bulbs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Clean Light
    Inventors: Arne Aiking, Frank Verheijen
  • Publication number: 20090255174
    Abstract: The present invention includes a landscaping apparatus for inhibiting plant growth on the ground, the apparatus containing a member including an elongated strip having a longitudinal axis and sides spaced apart from the longitudinal axis, wherein the longitudinal axis and the sides are substantially within a plane containing the member when the member is substantially flat. One or more projections extend from the member and are used to fix the member to the ground by inserting the projections into the ground. In one embodiment, the projections are integrally formed with the member and the member is made from a substantially flexible material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Laurence C. Begin
  • Patent number: 7502655
    Abstract: Method for optimizing plant production in a cost effective manner. System (100) includes a processor (102) in communication with resource controllers (110, 112) for controlling resources (106, 108) such as, for example, lighting and carbon dioxide. Each resource has a cost that varies temporally or with other factors. The processor implements an algorithm that receives a desired plant production rate and other input, such as operating conditions of the system and environment, and determines amounts of each resource to expend consistent with plant production goals and resource costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis D. Albright, Konstantinos Ferentinos, Ido Seginer, David S. de Villiers, Jeffrey W. Ho
  • Publication number: 20090013594
    Abstract: A lawn care device includes a first generally flat member. A second generally flat member is hingedly connected along a first predetermined side edge thereof to a first predetermined side edge of such first generally flat member. A third generally flat member is hingedly connected along a first predetermined side edge thereof to a second predetermined side edge of such first generally flat member. An aperture is formed closely adjacent to a predetermined top edge of such first generally flat member and disposed therethrough. A first cut out portion is formed along a second predetermined side edge of such second generally flat member for alignment with such aperture. A second cut out portion is formed along a second predetermined side edge of such third generally flat member for alignment with such aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffery J. Gadomski
  • Patent number: 7293399
    Abstract: A system for performing several functions in caring for crops such as vines grown in rows uses a high pressure water jet to selectively prune, thin shoots and remove leaves from growing crops. Water jet size, pressure, movement and position relative to the crops are controlled to obtain desired functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Phillip Ray Scott
  • Patent number: 7249438
    Abstract: A method of controlling the growth of moss includes applying to the moss an aqueous solution including silver nitrate at a rate of about one fluid ounce per six square inches of moss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventors: Arthur P. Weber, Thomas O. McAvoy
  • Patent number: 6901695
    Abstract: An electrically driven router is mounted in a top portion of an elongated rod. An electrical cord is juxtaposed along the length of the rod and is electrically connected to the router at a top portion of the rod and at a lower portion of the rod to a source of electrical power in the form of a battery pack or 110 volt service. The router mounts a fluted cutting bit having a length preferably of at least three inches, the bit adapted to laterally cut through a longitudinal axis of small diameter vegetation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Ulf Lindroth