Patents Assigned to THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 11258955
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method of calibrating an imaging system in real-time, comprising: obtaining a first reading by a first sensor; establishing a dynamic link between the first reading and exposure time of a second sensor; using the dynamic link to control the exposure time of the second sensor; obtaining a second reading by the second sensor during the controlled exposure time; wherein the steps are performed by one or more computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Bikash Basnet, Keely Roth, Demir Devecigil, Valeriy Kovalskyy
  • Patent number: 11256916
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying clouds and cloud shadows in satellite imagery are described herein. In an embodiment, a system receives a plurality of images of agronomic fields produced using one or more frequency bands. The system also receives corresponding data identifying cloud and cloud shadow locations in the images. The system trains a machine learning system to identify at least cloud locations using the images as inputs and at least data identifying pixels as cloud pixels or non-cloud pixels as outputs. When the system receives one or more particular images of a particular agronomic field produced using the one or more frequency bands, the system uses the one or more particular images as inputs into the machine learning system to identify a plurality of pixels in the one or more particular images as particular cloud locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Ying She, Pramithus Khadka, Wei Guan, Xiaoyuan Yang, Demir Devecigil
  • Patent number: 11238283
    Abstract: In an embodiment, autonomous vehicles with global positioning systems (GPS) are used for field inspection to reduce fuel and labor costs and improve reliability with increased consistency in field crop inspection. A vehicle may be programmed to traverse a field while using sensors to detect objects and operating in a first image capture mode, for example, capturing low-resolution images of objects in the field, typically crops. Under program control, machine vision techniques are used with the low-resolution images to recognize crops, non-crop plant material or undefined objects. Under program control, location data is used to correlate recognized objects with digitally stored field maps to resolve whether a particular object is in a location at which crop planting is expected or not expected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Young
  • Patent number: 11219155
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring an agricultural implement. The system includes a monitor device, a communication module and a display device. The monitor device is in electrical communication with a plurality of sensors monitoring the operation of agricultural implement. The implement sensors generate “as-applied” data. The as-applied data is processed and transmitted to a display device via a communication module. The display device renders maps representing the as-applied data. The generated maps may be accessed and displayed as map overlays on a display device with a common view characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Koch, Doug Sauder, Tim Sauder, Jakob Stuber
  • Patent number: 11216702
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yichuan Gui, Wei Guan
  • Patent number: 11191219
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for capturing images of a field and performing agricultural data analysis of the images. In one embodiment, a computer system for monitoring field operations includes a database for storing agricultural image data including images of at least one stage of crop development that are captured with at least one of an apparatus and a remote sensor moving through a field. The computer includes at least one processing unit that is coupled to the database. The at least one processing unit is configured to execute instructions to analyze the captured images, to determine relevant images that indicate a change in at least one condition of the crop development, and to generate a localized view map layer for viewing the field at the at least one stage of crop development based on at least the relevant captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Phil Baurer, Justin Koch, Doug Sauder, Brad Stoller
  • Patent number: 11187669
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for measuring soil element concentration in a field in real time is disclosed. The system comprises an extraction apparatus coupled to a mobility component configured to move the system in the agricultural field. The extraction apparatus configured to receive a plurality of soil samples successively from a soil probe coupled to the mobility component, when the mobility component is operating. The extraction apparatus containing an extractant solution that is a solvent of the soil samples. In addition, the extraction apparatus comprising a mixer that is configured to mix the soil samples with the extractant solution, thereby forming a solution mix. The system also comprises a chemical sensor coupled to the extraction apparatus, the chemical sensor configured to measure a concentration level of a soil element in the solution mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Miao Liu, Luis Jurado
  • Patent number: 11182521
    Abstract: Subfield moisture model improvement in generating overland flow modeling using shallow water calculations and kinematic wave calculations is disclosed. In an embodiment, a computer-implemented data processing method comprises: receiving precipitation data and infiltration data for an agricultural field; obtaining surface water depth data, surface water velocity data, and surface water discharge data for the same agricultural field; determining subfield geometry data for the agricultural field; executing a plurality of water calculations and wave calculations using the subfield geometry data to generate an overland flow model that includes moisture levels for the agricultural field; based on, at least in part, the overland flow model, generating and causing displaying a visual graphical image of the agricultural field comprising a plurality of color pixels having color values corresponding to the moisture levels determined for the agricultural field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Asra Nizami, Jennifer Holt, Robert Ewing, Steven De Gryze, John Gates, Harish Sangireddy, John Browning Burdick, Michael S. Byrns
  • Patent number: 11182931
    Abstract: Methods are provided for generating a prescription map for the application of crop inputs. In one method, the user draws a boundary on a map within a user interface and the system identifies relevant soil data and generates a soil map overlay and legend for changing the application prescription for various soils and soil conditions. In another method, the user instead drives a field boundary which is recorded on a planter monitor using a global positioning receiver, and the system generates a soil map and legend for changing the application prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derek A. Sauder, Timothy A. Sauder, Steven D. Monday
  • Patent number: 11176623
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method is disclosed. The method comprises causing a camera to continuously capture surroundings to generate multiple images and causing a display device to continuously display the multiple images as the multiple images are generated. In addition, the method comprises processing each of one or more of the multiple images. The processing comprises identifying at least one of a plurality of diseases and calculating at least one disease score associated with the at least one disease for a particular image; causing the display device to display information regarding the at least one disease and the at least one disease score in association with a currently displayed image; receiving input specifying one or more of the at least one disease; and causing the display device to show additional data regarding the one or more diseases, including a remedial measure for the one or more diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Pablo Bedoya, Victor Stuber, Gerard Guillemette, Joost Kemink, Yaqi Chen, Daniel Williams, Ying She, Marian Farah, Julian Boshard, Wei Guan
  • Patent number: 11176117
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a server computer receives, over a digital communication network, agricultural data records comprising a plurality of planting and harvesting data values. Each of the planting and harvesting data values include geo-location coordinates and corresponding timestamps. The server generates a plurality of planting datasets by aggregating planting data values based on geo-location coordinates and timestamps. The server generates a plurality of harvesting datasets by aggregating harvesting data values based on geo-location coordinates and timestamps. The server determines a dataset of planting-to-harvesting matching pairs based upon nearest proximities between geo-location coordinates of planting datasets and geo-location coordinates of harvesting datasets. The server determines geo-location error values representing offsets of between geo-locations of corresponding planting-to-harvesting matching pairs. The server presents the geo-location error values on a display screen of a client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wayne Tai Lee, Markus Huber
  • Patent number: 11170497
    Abstract: A soil imaging system having a work layer sensor disposed on an agricultural implement to generate an electromagnetic field through a soil area of interest as the agricultural implement traverses a field. A monitor in communication with the work layer sensor is adapted to generate a work layer image of the soil layer of interest based on the generated electromagnetic field. The work layer sensor may also generate a reference image by generating an electromagnetic field through undisturbed soil. The monitor may compare at least one characteristic of the reference image with at least one characteristic of the work layer image to generate a characterized image of the work layer of interest. The monitor may display operator feedback and may effect operational control of the agricultural implement based on the characterized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Strnad, Roger Koch, Dale Koch
  • Patent number: 11160220
    Abstract: In an embodiment, yield data representing yields of crops that have been harvested from an agricultural field and field characteristics data representing characteristics of the agricultural field is received and used to determine a plurality of management zone delineation options. Each option, of the plurality of management zone delineation options, comprises zone layout data for an option. The plurality of management zone delineation options is determined by: determining a plurality of count values for a management class count; generating, for each count value, a management delineation option by clustering the yield data from and the field characteristics data, assigning zones to clusters, and including the zones in a management zone delineation option. One or more options from the plurality of management zone delineation options are selected and used to determine one or more planting plans. A graphical representation of the options and the planting plans is displayed for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anahita Hassanzadeh, Ye Chen, Alex Wimbush, Marlon Misra, Emily Rowan
  • Patent number: 11151500
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a probability of disease affecting a crop based on data received over a network is described herein, and may be implemented using computers for providing improvements in plant pathology, plant pest control, agriculture, or agricultural management. In an embodiment, a server computer receives environmental risk data, crop data, and crop management data relating to one or more crops on a field. Agricultural intelligence computer system 130 computes one or more crop risk factors based, at least in part, the crop data, one or more environmental risk factors based, at least in part, the environmental data, and one or more crop management risk factors based, at least in part, on the crop management data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventor: Patricia Ann Carroll
  • Patent number: 11145007
    Abstract: A system for implementing a trial in one or more fields is provided. In an embodiment, a system receives field data for a plurality of agricultural fields, identifies one or more target agricultural fields, and sends, to a field manager computing device associated with the one or more target agricultural fields, a trial participation request. The server receives data indicating acceptance of the trial participation request from the field manager computing device. The server determines one or more locations on the one or more target agricultural fields for implementing a trial and sends data identifying the one or more locations to the field manager computing device. When the system receives application data, the system determines whether the one or more target agricultural fields are in compliance with the trial. The system receives result data for the trial and computes a benefit value for the trial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Gene Ruff, Jason Kendrick Bull, Nicholas Charles Cizek, Brandon Rinkenberger, Doug Sauder
  • Patent number: 11126886
    Abstract: A system for detecting clouds and cloud shadows is described. In one approach, clouds and cloud shadows within a remote sensing image are detected through a three step process. In the first stage a high-precision low-recall classifier is used to identify cloud seed pixels within the image. In the second stage, a low-precision high-recall classifier is used to identify potential cloud pixels within the image. Additionally, in the second stage, the cloud seed pixels are grown into the potential cloud pixels to identify clusters of pixels which have a high likelihood of representing clouds. In the third stage, a geometric technique is used to determine pixels which likely represent shadows cast by the clouds identified in the second stage. The clouds identified in the second stage and the shadows identified in the third stage are then exported as a cloud mask and shadow mask of the remote sensing image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Guan, Pramithus Khadka, Jeffrey Gerard
  • Patent number: 11122734
    Abstract: In an approach, hyperspectral and/or multispectral remote sensing images are automatically analyzed by a nitrogen analysis subsystem to estimate the value of nitrogen variables of crops or other plant life located within the images. For example, the nitrogen analysis subsystem may contain a data collector module, a function generator module, and a nitrogen estimator module. The data collector module prepares training data which is used by the function generator module to train a mapping function. The mapping function is then used by the nitrogen estimator module to estimate the values of nitrogen variables for a new remote sensing image that is not included in the training set. The values may then be reported and/or used to determine an optimal amount of fertilizer to add to a field of crops to promote plant growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei Guan, Ying Xu
  • Patent number: 11113649
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for recommending agricultural activities is implemented by an agricultural intelligence computer system in communication with a memory. The method includes receiving a plurality of field definition data, retrieving a plurality of input data from a plurality of data networks, determining a field region based on the field definition data, identifying a subset of the plurality of input data associated with the field region, determining a plurality of field condition data based on the subset of the plurality of input data, identifying a plurality of field activity options, determining a recommendation score for each of the plurality of field activity options based at least in part on the plurality of field condition data, and providing a recommended field activity option from the plurality of field activity options based on the plurality of recommendation scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Ethington, Eli J. Pollak, Tristan D'Orgeval, Katherine Krumme, Evin Levey, Samuel Alexander Wimbush, Erik Andrejko, Moorea Lee Brega, Sivan Aldor-Noiman
  • Patent number: D927519
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary Ford, Charlotte Schaefer, Philip Park, Nicholas Shwaery
  • Patent number: D927520
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary Ford, Charlotte Schaefer, Philip Park, Nicholas Shwaery