Seed Tape Or Mat, Method Or Apparatus Patents (Class 47/56)
  • Patent number: 9521803
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: RAYPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, James Carides, Tommy W. Gill, Steve Posey
  • Patent number: 9363940
    Abstract: A method of forming a plantable structure involves providing a substrate element, a release layer spaced from the substrate element, an adhesive layer disposed between the substrate element and the release layer, and at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer. The seed(s) is/are coupled to the substrate element through the adhesive layer. The method further comprises removing the release layer from the composite article, and adhering a remaining portion of the composite article to a secondary article. The remaining portion of the secondary article comprises the substrate element, the adhesive layer disposed on the substrate element, and the seed(s) abutting the adhesive layer. Also disclosed herein are a method of planting at least one seed with a composite article, a packaging structure, a method of forming a packaging structure, and a method of planting at least one seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Kennedy, David Stewart, Maura Galligan
  • Patent number: 9339583
    Abstract: A biocompatible tissue-bonding adhesive composition having a polyol of functionality N. The polyol being terminated has at least one polyisocyanate in solution with at least (N?1)% of the solution having free polyisocyanate. N may be in the range 1.5-8. The polyol may be a branched polypropylene/polyethylene oxide copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Promethean Surgical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Milbocker
  • Patent number: 9326451
    Abstract: The disclosure provides compositions and methods to improve seeding success. In an exemplary embodiment the compositions and methods disclosed herein are used to improve seeding success in rangeland areas. However, the compositions and methods are useful to improve seeding success in any environment where seeding is difficult. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides a “seed pillow”, a multifunctional seed treatment that mitigates the limiting factors controlling seedling establishment. In one embodiment, the seed pillow comprises a pillow-shaped agglomeration of absorbent earth materials and other additives, with seeds attached within a concave well on the underneath side of the pillow. To increase the probability that the seeds will be covered by the pillow, soil and tackifier are placed with the seeds for increased weight on the seed side of the pillow, and to glue the pillow to the soil. The shape of the pillow is also designed to improve coverage by having a flat bottom and convex top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Matthew D Madsen, Anthony J Svejcar
  • Patent number: 9220190
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9167743
    Abstract: A greening roll includes water-temperature-light controlling part, root growing part, water/root regulating part and seed-stacking part which is located in the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part is located on the top surface of the greening roll, the water/root regulating part is located on the lower surface of the greening roll, the root growing part is located in the cavity composed by the water-temperature-light controlling part and the water/root regulating part, and the seed-stacking part is located in the cavity of the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part further includes top-located irradiation reflecting part, temperature-water regulating part, light-preventing part and seed-stacking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Shaocai Li, Hailong Sun, Feng Long, Fubin Li
  • Patent number: 9045379
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides materials and methodology for growing plants, such as small fruit plants. For example, and in one embodiment, agricultural by-products, such as nut shells, could be used as or in a plant growth medium for growing a strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and/or black-raspberry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: PLANT SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Douglas Nelson, Michael Dean Nelson, Daniel Steven Nelson, David Johnston
  • Patent number: 8997399
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob Eiben, Michael D. Furbish, Brad Collier Garner
  • Publication number: 20140298720
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20140290133
    Abstract: A seed mat for placement on a growing medium, such as soil. The seed mat includes a biodegradable mat having at least one hole, and a seed that is placed in the hole. The seed is encapsulated in the hole between top and bottom biodegradable sheets that are adhered to the top and bottom surfaces of the mat. An adhesive is used to adhere the top and bottom sheets to the mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Seamates, LLC
    Inventor: Kathie Lynn Seacord
  • Publication number: 20140250780
    Abstract: A removable support surface has knitted loops of yarn, and has piles extending from the knitted yarn to form an artificial turf, or to form a hybrid turf when combined with natural grass which grows between the knitted yarn. The piles may be hollow to retain liquid, and the dimensions of the yarn and the piles may be adjusted during fabrication. The removable support surface is fabricated by warp knitting, and the piles may be bent to have a crimped configuration. When used in a bunker with sand, the crimped configuration prevents sand from migrating. The removable support surface may also be placed on a seeded mat, on a dirt layer, or on existing natural grass. The removable support surface may be composed of biodegradable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Hyo-Sang Lee, Sang Cheol Kim
  • Publication number: 20140202075
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Raypress Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. RAY, III, Robert J. ALDEN, James CARIDES, Tommy W. GILL, Steve POSEY
  • Publication number: 20140182199
    Abstract: The invention provides a multiple density growth substrate product (1) formed of a coherent matrix of man-made vitreous fibres (MMVF) bonded with binder, having an upper surface (2) provided with a recess (3) adapted to receive a seed or seedling and an opposite lower surface (4) on which the product rests when in use, the product being formed of at least two layers including an upper layer (5) positioned at the upper surface and having a first density and a lower layer (6) positioned at the opposite lower surface and having a second density, wherein the first density is less than the second density by at least 5 kg/m3 and wherein the loss on ignition (LOI) in the upper layer is at least 3.5 wt %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Eelke Gjalt Hempenius, Frank Hendrikus Peter Janssen, Jean Marie Wilhelmus Cuypers
  • Patent number: 8728596
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to packaging materials for packaging articles. The packaging materials may include a substratum with a printed pattern disposed thereon that provides a grass-like appearance, and/or the packaging materials may include a plurality of individual strips, strands, or units of material bondably connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8726565
    Abstract: A sheet mulch assembly includes a sheet mulch; an irrigation conduit attached to and carried by the sheet mulch; and at least one carrier substrate coupled with the conduit. Each carrier substrate carries at least one seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael John McGrady, William Adak Ratzburg
  • Patent number: 8726566
    Abstract: A seed label which can be removably affixed to a package includes a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and the clear film layer. The label layer may be made of biodegradable material and may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer can be formed of a water-based adhesive. The seed label can be placed in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and the clear film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Raypress Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, Tommy Wayne Gill, Steve Posey, James J. Carides
  • Publication number: 20140130408
    Abstract: A seed mat utilizing coir fiber (base or bottom) with a second layer of coir pith particles adhesive, and seeds and possible nutrients (top), the coir pith has a compression of 5:1, the coir fiber layer and adhesive holds the seed and coir pith mixture in place for significant reduction of run off and also adds moisture retention allowing for faster and more successful germination and turf establishment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Charles R. Fagin, Kevin Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140059926
    Abstract: A greening roll includes water-temperature-light controlling part, root growing part, water/root regulating part and seed-stacking part which is located in the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part is located on the top surface of the greening roll, the water/root regulating part is located on the lower surface of the greening roll, the root growing part is located in the cavity composed by the water-temperature-light controlling part and the water/root regulating part, and the seed-stacking part is located in the cavity of the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part further includes top-located irradiation reflecting part, temperature-water regulating part, light-preventing part and seed-stacking cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Shaocai Li, Hailong Sun, Feng Long, Fubin Li
  • Publication number: 20130269248
    Abstract: A method of forming a plantable structure involves providing a substrate element, a release layer spaced from the substrate element, an adhesive layer disposed between the substrate element and the release layer, and at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer. The seed(s) is/are coupled to the substrate element through the adhesive layer. The method further comprises removing the release layer from the composite article, and adhering a remaining portion of the composite article to a secondary article. The remaining portion of the secondary article comprises the substrate element, the adhesive layer disposed on the substrate element, and the seed(s) abutting the adhesive layer. Also disclosed herein are a method of planting at least one seed with a composite article, a packaging structure, a method of forming a packaging structure, and a method of planting at least one seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory Kennedy, David Stewart, Maura Galligan
  • Patent number: 8544207
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for growing plants (P) hydroponically includes a plant substrate material (52, 54, 56) comprising activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers with or without additional, non-carbonated, non-activated cellulosic fibers. The activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers with or without the additional, non-carbonated, non-activated cellulosic fibers are usable in bulk or manufactured into slabs (56) or other configurations by any of a variety of non-woven, woven, molding, or other techniques. The activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers are made from cellulosic or synthetic carbon fibers, for example, bamboo fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Euteq LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. King, Martin A. King
  • Publication number: 20130192134
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for the selection and removal of seeds from containers and placement of the seeds on a seed tape. The systems include a seed extraction assembly and a seed tape assembly. The seed extraction assembly is configured to extract individual seeds from a tray and place the seeds within an accumulator. The accumulator is disposed in the extraction assembly and is rotatable within the assembly. The seed tape assembly is configured to place the seed disposed in the accumulator onto the seed tape. The method includes the steps of using the seed extraction assembly to extract seeds from the tray and place them within the accumulator. The seed tape assembly is then used to place the seed disposed in the accumulator onto the seed tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, Travis Frey, Marcus McNabnay, Brian Jacob Forinash, Charles Larry Badino
  • Publication number: 20130192135
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for the selection of individual seeds from a plurality of seeds and placement on a seed tape. The system includes a seed extraction assembly, a distribution manifold, and a tamping assembly. The seed extraction assembly is configured to extract selected individual seeds from a tray, the seed extraction assembly movably attached to a frame. The distribution manifold has a plurality of queues and each of the plurality of queues has a plurality of reservoirs for receiving the selected individual seeds. Each queue has a tube in selective communication with the plurality of reservoirs for the transfer of the selected individual seed from the reservoir to the tube. The tamping assembly is configured to place the selected individual seed disposed in each of the tubes onto a defined location on the seed tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, Brian Jacob Forinash, Travis Frey, Marcus McNabnay, Charles Larry Badino, Andrew M. Singleton
  • Publication number: 20130192133
    Abstract: A soilless rooting system comprising an elongated holder having a first portion and a second portion extending the length of the holder. The first and second portions comprise a material that permits roots from a vegetative cutting to grow there through. The invention further relates to the use of said rooting system. The invention also relates to a method of rooting of vegetative cuttings. The invention also relates to an assembly comprising said rooting system a plant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: ROOTINGTAPE B.V.
    Inventor: Bernard Chodyla
  • Publication number: 20130185995
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • Patent number: 8484889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seed sticker for seeding and planting flowers or sprouts easily and quickly in a small vessel or in a flower garden and a manufacturing method thereof. The present invention is characterized by a seed sticker, inside of which a seed is enshrined, comprising: a transfer paper wherein a coating layer is formed on the surface of the transfer paper; an adhesive layer which is formed on the surface of the coating layer; a seed pellet which is enshrined on the surface of the adhesive layer; a red clay soil sheet accumulated over the upper part of the seed pellet; and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sheet accumulated over the upper part of the red clay soil sheet and covering both the seed pellet and the red clay soil sheet, and the edge of which is bonded to the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: OMICSIS, Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Ha Woo, Jung Min Seo
  • Publication number: 20130167436
    Abstract: A plant propagating device for propagating plants in one or more rows features a flexible, biodegradable, tubular casing having a longitudinal axis, and a plurality of deposits disposed at spaced apart intervals along the longitudinal axis of the tubular casing, each deposit comprising plant propagation material and at least one of fertilizer and soil. The tubular casing is fastened closed between each adjacent pair of the deposits to separate the deposits into respective pouches spaced along the longitudinal axis of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Todd B. Chornoby
  • Patent number: 8381438
    Abstract: The present invention relates the methods, compositions and devices for priming of plant seed, preferably seed of crop plants, and seeds obtained with the methods, compositions and devices, wherein the metabolic activity necessary for germination of the seed is not controlled by water but rather by the partial oxygen pressure and/or partial carbon dioxide pressure. In the methods of the invention, the partial oxygen or carbon dioxide pressure may be measured by oxygen/carbon dioxide sensitive fluorescent dye. The invention further relates to processes for producing a primed seed lot of a plant species and to a container comprising primed seed under an atmosphere with a partial oxygen pressure that is below the critical oxygen pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fytagoras
    Inventors: Albert Van Duijn, Johan Van Asbrouck
  • Patent number: 8286387
    Abstract: An apparatuses, methods and systems for creating, handling and collecting seed portions are highly beneficial. The apparatus includes a carrier having one or more carrying positions adapted to carry a seed. The carrying positions having a seed orienter adapted to orient the seed relative to the carrying position in the carrier for creating seed portions therefrom. The method includes taking a carrier having one or more carrying positions, orienting a seed relative to the carrying position in the carrier, ablating the seed with a seed ablation device, and communicating seed portions through a manifold into a compartment layer. The system includes a seed manifold adapted to dock thereon a seed carrier having pre-positioned and pre-oriented seed therein. Seed and seed portions removed from the seed in the carrier are communicated into a collector and compartment layer respectively using the seed manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Michael Becker, Jason Cope, David Kurth, Joshua L. Mongan, Bruce E. Cadwell
  • Publication number: 20120255880
    Abstract: A container liner comprising a backing, a porous covering, a seed carrier interposed between the backing and the covering, and a plurality of seeds embedded in the seed carrier such that upon germination the seeds will sprout through the porous covering to form a soft, natural, protective cushion for objects, such as candies or Easter eggs. The container liner is sufficiently flexible so that the container liner can be easily manipulated to substantially conform to the interior contour of a container, such as a decorative basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8225546
    Abstract: To realize a root-preventing sheet with outstanding shape maintaining properties while being thin and light that even when affixed has no wrinkles, is difficult to tear, has excellent applicability, durability and adhesiveness and demonstrates definite root-preventing effects at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tajima Ryokka Incorporated
    Inventors: Kunio Tajima, Toru Kojima, Akihiro Sakamoto, Yoshiaki Gotou
  • Publication number: 20120036772
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a composite article including at least one seed for planting and a method of forming the composite article. The composite article includes a substrate element and a cover element spaced from the substrate element. An adhesive layer is disposed between the substrate element and the cover element for coupling the substrate element and the cover element to one another. The composite article further includes at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer and disposed between the substrate element and the cover element. The cover element is configured to be separated from the adhesive layer for exposing at least a portion of the seed. The present disclosure also provides a method of forming the composite article and a method of planting the seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20120011770
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seed sticker for seeding and planting flowers or sprouts easily and quickly in a small vessel such as a pot at home or in a flower garden and a manufacturing method thereof. The present invention is characterized by a seed sticker inside of which a seed is enshrined comprising: a transfer paper 10 wherein a coating layer 11 is formed on the surface of the transfer paper; an adhesive layer 20 which is formed on the surface of the coating layer 11; a seed pellet 30 which is enshrined on the surface of the adhesive layer 20; a red clay soil sheet 40 which is accumulated over the upper part of the seed pellet 30; and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sheet which is accumulated over the upper part of the red clay soil sheet 40 and covers both the seed pellet and the red clay soil sheet and the edge of which is bonded to the adhesive layer 30. It is possible to cultivate a desired kind of plant into desired forms by producing the seeds in a sticker form as disclosed above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Omicsis, Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Ha Woo, Jung Min Seo
  • Patent number: 8082692
    Abstract: An improvement in a method of propagating, and an article useful in association with, or produced by, the method of propagating. Plants are produced in mats by steps including: providing a bottom net made of a material that is pervious to moisture, positioning a sheet of a fabric, depositing a layer of planting medium on said fabric, spreading viable wildflower seed over said medium, moistening said medium and said seeds, germinating seeds in the medium, such that roots of seedlings from said seeds intermesh with the fabric forming a sod mat; wherein the bottom net is sufficiently pervious to permit essentially unimpeded root contact with earth below the bottom net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jerome Skuba
  • Publication number: 20110302835
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, Tommy Wayne Gill, Steve Posey, James J. Carides
  • Patent number: 8061078
    Abstract: A germinating unit (1) includes at least one seed (3) as well as additives. The germinating unit includes a carrier material (2) penetrable by a root tip (4) and/or a sprout (5) extending from the seed. The carrier material (2) can fix the orientation of the seed. Several germinating units can be joined to form a seed tape (6). The seed tape includes a longitudinal tissue (7). The carrier material portions (2a, 2b, 2c) cover or include their respective seed(s) (3a, 3b, 3c). When the seed(s) have been inserted in the carrier material through a cut in said carrier material or through insertion of a tube therein, said seed(s) maintain(s) its/their position relative to the germinating unit because said carrier material squeezes about or retains said seed(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Bentle Products AG
    Inventor: Poul Henrik Ahm
  • Publication number: 20110271888
    Abstract: A seed tape comprising an elongated pliable strip of paper material having seeds positioned thereon with fertilizer positioned therebetween or adjacent thereto. In the preferred embodiment, insecticide is also provided on the seed tape. The spacing and type of seeds on the strip is dependent on the location in a field where the strip will be planted. The type and amount of fertilizer is also positioned on the strip dependent upon the location in the field where that particular portion of the strip will be planted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Benjamen Sauder
  • Patent number: 8007884
    Abstract: The invention provides processes for coating the surface of substrates such as a sheet, film, foam, fiber, etc., with a curable liquid resin or solution of curable resin, then in one embodiment, stably attaching a superabsorbent polymeric powder to such resin, and then curing the resin to form a coated superabsorbent product. Such substrates may include polymeric materials. Other process embodiments utilizing curable and thermoplastic resinous powders may be used instead of curable liquid resins and resulting products are included in the invention. The coated product may be utilized for water and nutrient retention in combination with irrigation, erosion control, to direct plant root growth, and to clean up standing water and petroleum spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Synergistic Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeno Muthiah, Gerald K. White, Duane R. Rubash
  • Publication number: 20110173879
    Abstract: A device and method for growing vegetation. The device and method can be used for repairing a divot in a grass lawn. The device includes a packet having a water-soluble film surface that contains a mixture of soil and seeds. An example device includes a water-containing device in the packet. When the packet is placed on the ground, such as the divot, and subjected to water, the film dissolves so that the mixture comes into contact with the ground and the seeds can begin to germinate and grow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Michael Bell
  • Publication number: 20110120061
    Abstract: A container liner comprising a backing, a porous covering, a seed carrier interposed between the backing and the covering, and a plurality of seeds embedded in the seed carrier such that upon germination the seeds will sprout through the porous covering to form a soft, natural, protective cushion for objects, such as candies or Easter eggs. The container liner is sufficiently flexible so that the container liner can be easily manipulated to substantially conform to the interior contour of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 7906190
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to packaging materials for packaging articles. The packaging materials may include a substratum with a printed pattern disposed thereon that provides a grass-like appearance, and/or the packaging materials may include a plurality of individual strips, strands, or units of material bondably connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder and William F. Straeter, not individually but solely as Trustees of the Family Trust U/T/A dated December 8, 1995
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20110028062
    Abstract: Disclosed are bicomponent fibers with aliphatic polyester forming a first component and a polyolefin forming a second component wherein the polyolefin contains an adjuvant improving the biodegradability of said polyolefin. Textile sheets comprising these bicomponent fibers are comparable in their mechanical properties to polyolefin based textile sheets while these are more efficiently decomposed by the action of microorganisms as polyolefin based textile sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen O. Chester, Steffen Bornemann
  • Patent number: 7859942
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for replacing the individual receivers used with a seismic interferometry process with an array of seismic receivers and then manipulating the array data in order to measure and modify the typical non-uniform directionality function of the background seismic energy. The non-uniform directionality function is a significant cause of noise with seismic interferometry. Furthermore, the array of receivers may be used to significantly enhance the preferred reflection energy and damp undesirable near surface energy. The directionality function may be modified by using an array of receivers for the virtual source location of seismic interferometry to measure the non-uniform directionality function, generating multiplication factors, and applying the multiplication factors to convert the measured directionality function into a desired directionality function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Christof Stork
  • Patent number: 7735626
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatic positioning and/or orientation of an object. The method includes applying a substance or component to an object, or takes advantage of a substance or component already on or associated with an object. The substance or component has a characteristic that can be utilized to automatically attract the substance or component. That characteristic is used to position, move, and/or orient the object automatically, without requiring manual handling. The object can then be further processed or handled. In one embodiment, the substance or component is a magnetically active substance or component. The attraction can be actuated by a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Cope, David Kurth
  • Patent number: 7735250
    Abstract: A decorative element includes a first layer and a second layer. The decorative element is disposed on an article, both the article and the decorative element being biodegradable. The first layer includes a protective material and the second layer includes at least one seed embedded therein. The first layer is disposed adjacent the second layer. An adhesive comprising a biodegradable material secures the decorative element to the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventors: Tina M. Menzie, Shawn R. Menzie
  • Patent number: 7712252
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a culture medium on which plants can be grown. This method is characterized by a) mixing I: a particulate base material, chosen from at least one of organic and inorganic materials, with II: a thermoplastic biologically degradable binding agent, b) heating at least the binding agent in order to at least partly fluidize it, c) cooling the mixture so as to substantially solidify the binding agent and whereby at least a part of the base material becomes bonded by means of the binding agent. The method according to the invention provides an environmentally safe and plant-friendly culture medium that is biologically degradable and retains its shape well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Van der Sluis Cigar Machinery B.V.
    Inventor: Lucas Everhardus Maria Langezaal
  • Patent number: 7698854
    Abstract: A crop production apparatus including a flexible sheet of non-degradable or biodegradable material and a seed impregnated or carrying lower layer formed from a water-absorbent biodegradable material bonded or otherwise attached to the upper layer and removable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: David Holloway
  • Patent number: 7650715
    Abstract: A light-weight plant sheet including plant pieces between a base sheet and a top sheet is able to make growth by tearing the base sheet and top sheet, each having a mesh structure. The top sheet contains a paste to adhere the top sheet to the base sheet and to hold the plant pieces, and such a paste comes out of the fibers of the sheet when wet during the manufacturing process. When the plant sheet is placed on the desired surface, the plant pieces can grow using water and nutrition provided from the surface of the construction site and absorbed by the top sheet and the base sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Tomoko Fujita
  • Patent number: 7614181
    Abstract: A seed tape includes successively arranged germinating units including at least one carrier strip and at least one auxiliary layer of biodegradable, flexible, non-woven or film-like material arranged on the carrier strip, whereby the auxiliary layer is locally interrupted a short distance along the seed tape, and whereby each germinating unit includes a mixture of granulated carrier, at least one granulated additive and an adjuvant in addition to one or more seeds. The mixture plus the seed(s) are kept together to form at least one core portion including an incision, in the germinating unit, and whereby the seed tape can be cut into separate germinating units prior to irrigation and/or bedding out, the core portion made of the mixture including locally adhered fibers of one or more thermoplastic materials which form a coherent, open network for keeping the granules of the mixture together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Poul Henrik Ahm
  • Publication number: 20090199511
    Abstract: A container liner comprising a backing, a porous covering, a seed carrier interposed between the backing and the covering, and a plurality of seeds embedded in the seed carrier such that upon germination the seeds will sprout through the porous covering to form a soft, natural, protective cushion for objects, such as candies or Easter eggs. The container liner is sufficiently flexible so that the container liner can be easily manipulated to substantially conform to the interior contour of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 7563058
    Abstract: A vegetation growth-enhancing erosion control blanket is formed from an elongated rectangular excelsior/wood wool mat. The mat is held together with threads stitched therein. When the finished blanket is placed atop the ground, the blanket serves to shield the earth area from wind and water erosion forces. As the ground vegetation grows, it ultimately replaces the blanket which decomposes and furnishes the ground vegetation with a nutritive mulch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: American Excelsior Company
    Inventors: Terry Sadowski, Douglas Steinbuch, Tony Johnson