Abstract: An apparatus and method to isolate at least a part of a plant from passage of things or materials of certain size or characteristics. In one aspect, a shroud or sock (10) of material can be removably placed over at least a part of the plant (3) with a releasable closure (13). The material is highly permeable to air and moisture and is substantially light transmissive. However, it has a pore size which blocks the undesirable materials or things (e.g., pollen or insects). The material can have a relatively light weight so that it can be optionally suspended by the plant (3) without significant effect on the growth or health of the plant. The material can have substantial tensile strength to resist deformation, tearing, or puncture during normal handling or in moderate to high winds. It can be utilized to provide a barrier over a part of a plant, substantially an entire plant, or a plurality of plants.
October 13, 2009
Date of Patent:
January 11, 2011
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
Mark M. Iwig, Mitchell Brett Callaway, Daniel M. Goldman, Kirby L. Kester
Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable protective enclosure for trees or shrubs, comprising: a first enclosing portion having a upper region, and a lower region adapted to contact the ground, and comprising a plurality of longitudinally extending panels, each panel comprising a plurality first longitudinal members and a plurality of first transverse members, wherein the first longitudinal members and the first transverse members of a panel are attached to one another to form one or more first rigid frameworks; at least a portion of the longitudinal members or at least a portion of the transverse members, or both, are adjustable in length; each panel is adjustably attached to two adjacent panels to enclose one or more trees or shrubs; a second enclosing portion attached to the first enclosing portion in the upper region thereof, and comprising a plurality of second longitudinal members and a one or more second transverse members, wherein the second longitudinal members and second transverse members form one or more
Abstract: A crop protection device that is designed to cover a number of citrus fruit trees during periods of cold weather. The device is a heated canopy system that is made from a lightweight, high strength fabric that is supported by a number of ground-mounted frame members. The ends of the fabric are attached to one another by a drawstring, which is wound through a series of eyelets on the fabric. The device also includes a heater and blower unit that continuously blows hot air within the confines of the fabric after the fabric has been mounted over at least one citrus plant.
Abstract: A geospatial modeling system may include a geospatial model database containing geospatial model data, a display, and a processor. The processor may cooperate with the geospatial model database and the display for determining a respective group of tree crown vegetation points from the geospatial model data for each tree of a plurality of trees, and for displaying a respective simulated tree trunk beneath each group of tree crown vegetation points. The processor may generate each simulated tree trunk to have a tree trunk height based upon heights of the respective group of tree crown vegetation points.
September 12, 2006
Date of Patent:
May 26, 2009
Mark Rahmes, Anthony O'Neil Smith, Josef Allen, Stephen Connetti
Abstract: A method for protecting trees or plants from consumption or damage by animals constitutes the use of sharp and physically agitating material over the trees or plants. In one example of the invention a sharp object like barbed wire is used to wrap around the plant where it is vulnerable.
Abstract: A system and kit of components for winterizing plants and trees, where the invention comprises a skeletal frame formed by plural first tubular members, each having an upper end and a lower end. When assembled, the respective lower ends are spaced apart and positioned vertically and anchored within the ground surrounding the plant or tree. Joined between adjacent first tubular members are plural second tubular, horizontally oriented, members to form a generally square skeletal frame. About the skeletal frame is a light-transmitting plastic wrap. Overriding the skeletal frame is a top frame, preferably pivotal about a pair of upper ends, to allow access to the protected plant or tree. Additionally, the invention contemplates a cover, such as a plastic wrap or canvas-like material over the top frame to ensure complete protection of the plant or tree.
Abstract: A weather protection device for the protection of moisture or sunlight sensitive specialized cultures (4) of plant cultivation is recommended, with at least a largely watertight protective skin (2, 3) that is attached to a carrier unit (1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), which safely ensures an effective protection, especially of plants (4) from weather influences, even over longer periods of time at comparably low effort, and which is economically inexpensive to produce, especially for very large-scale applications, such as for areas of several acres of size: This is achieved according to the invention in that the protective skin (2, 3) is attached at least partially pivoting on the carrier unit (1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) for swiveling out by means of wind force from an idle position, and that at least a net (9), meshwork, and/or screen is provided, on which the protective skin (2, 3) rests.
Abstract: A spray shield assembly for providing an expandable spray shield connectable to a variety of sprayer types. The spray shield assembly includes a shield member having an accordion section to permit expanding a length of the shield member. The spray shield assembly includes a plurality of interchangeable lids, each lid being designed for attachment to a particular type of sprayer including a garden hose type sprayer and a bottle type sprayer.
Abstract: A plant protector for protecting a plant during inclement weather includes a sheet of material with a top edge, a bottom edge and a trailing edge. The protector includes a hook and loop fastener system so that the protector can be wrapped about a plant and adhered to maintain it in place. Advantageously, the sheet can be of a typical size of three feet high by nine feet in length. For protecting plants more than three feet tall additional sheets can be joined at top and bottom edges using the hook and loop fastener. Similarly if the plant has a circumference greater than nine feet, one or more sheets can be adhered together at the leading and trailing edges using the hook and loop fasteners. Preferably the sheet material is burlap or other similar breathable fabric.