Patents Examined by Christopher J. Novosad
  • Patent number: 10806070
    Abstract: A seeding machine includes a seed metering system and a seed delivery system in communication with the seed metering system. The seed delivery system includes a housing having a first opening for receiving seed from the seed metering system and a second opening through which seed is discharged. The seed delivery system also includes a conveyor forming a loop with a fixed length and positioned within the housing. The conveyor is disposed around a first drive pulley and a second idler pulley. The conveyor is deformable in order to retain seed at any point along the fixed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Daniel B. Thiemke, David J. Rylander, Nathan A. Mariman, Michael E. Friestad
  • Patent number: 10806073
    Abstract: A system for dispensing agricultural products includes an agricultural product container having a memory circuit associated therewith for storing data, the stored data including data unique to the container and the quantity of material dispensed including specific rates of application. An application rate meter device is operatively connected to the agricultural product container and is configured to dispense the agricultural product from the agricultural product container. Precision placement equipment includes a placement tube assembly operatively connected to the application rate meter device to place the agricultural products in the desired locations for efficient activity of the agricultural product. Each placement tube assembly is mounted between depth wheels of a depth control wheel assembly of a planter for placement of product in-furrow between the depth wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AMVAC CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Larry M. Conrad, Rex A. Rysdam, Nathaniel R. Claussen, Richard M. Porter
  • Patent number: 10806071
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes a frame, a row unit coupled to the frame, and a hopper coupled to the frame independently of the row unit. The hopper is configured to store an agricultural product, and the hopper is not configured to receive the agricultural product from a supply container coupled to the agricultural implement. The agricultural implement also includes a meter configured to receive the agricultural product from the hopper via movement of the agricultural product under the influence of gravity from the hopper to the meter. The meter is configured to output substantially singulated particles of the agricultural product, the row unit includes a ground-engaging tool configured to open a trench within soil, and the row unit includes a product tube configured to receive the substantially singulated particles of the agricultural product from the meter and to direct the substantially singulated particles toward the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 10798870
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a trailing arm assembly, the trailing arm assembly includes a frame bracket attachable to a planter towing frame, a first frame, and a four bar parallel linkage connecting the frame bracket and the first frame with a first pivot and a second pivot on the frame bracket and a first pivot and a second pivot on the first frame. The trailing arm assembly also includes an adjustable biasing member extending from the parallel linkage to the frame bracket. The parallel linkage is connected between the first frame and the frame bracket such that the parallel linkage maintains a parallel orientation of the first frame. The adjustable biasing member is adjustably connected to a portion of the parallel linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Schaffert Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Schaffert, Kris Schaffert
  • Patent number: 10798872
    Abstract: An agricultural planter having sensors for measuring multiple soil properties adjusts planting depth and seeding rate in real time based on the measured soil properties. An optical module is carried by the planter for collecting soil reflectance data. A pair of soil contact blades protrude from or are embedded in the optical module for collecting soil EC data and soil moisture data. A switching circuit or phase lock loop allows the same soil contact blades to feed signals to both a soil EC signal conditioning circuit and a soil moisture signal conditioning circuit. The soil moisture data can be used to calibrate the soil EC data and the soil reflectance data to compensate for effects of changing soil moisture conditions across a field. The sensor module can be positioned behind a seed tube and used as a seed firmer, or incorporated into a seed tube guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Veris Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lund, Chase Maxton, Kyle Jensen
  • Patent number: 10798862
    Abstract: A ground treatment apparatus including a holding device held on a support device, a plurality of injection elements disposed on the holding device, a fluid providing device in fluidic connection with the plurality of injection elements, a lifting device for inserting the plurality of injection elements into the ground and to extract the plurality of injection elements from the ground, a plurality of fluid containers in fluidic connection with the fluid providing device for the supply of fluid and a valve device having a plurality of outlet valves. The apparatus further including preassembled injection units, a respective injection unit comprising a fluid container, an outlet valve and an injection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOKRAFT AG
    Inventors: Eric Hardman, Benjamin Buehrer
  • Patent number: 10798865
    Abstract: A tool bar and hydraulic system for a large scale agricultural implement. The tool bar includes opposed pivotable wings that are extended in a field configuration and retracted in a transport configuration. In some embodiments, each pivotable wing includes two lift assist assemblies for aiding in the execution of turns in the field, and for aiding in the transport of the agricultural implement. The tool bar may be configured to compensate for twist of the pivotable wings when in the transport configuration. The hydraulic system is configured to stiffen the tool bar assembly for lift assist during field operation and to flex the tool bar into a folded configuration for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FAST Global Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Verlyn Keith Fast, John H. Hoeper, Clay Roll, James Bruce Prohaska, Kurt Mitchell Forth
  • Patent number: 10798871
    Abstract: A rotor apparatus for feeding granular or powdered material in an agricultural implement, the rotor apparatus being designed to be received in a partially cylindrical feeder space of a feeder device for volumetric feeding. The rotor apparatus comprises an insert part, which in size and shape is adapted to be inserted into the feeder space and to substantially prevent air from passing the insert part when this is inserted into the feeder space, and a rotor, which is rotatable relative to the insert part. The insert part defines a rotor space, in which the rotor is rotatable, and the rotor is together with the insert part designed to provide an air lock. The insert part comprises a wall portion interacting with the rotor and located radially outside the radially outermost portion of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Väderstad Holding AB
    Inventor: Gert Gilstring
  • Patent number: 10791663
    Abstract: A ground treatment apparatus comprises a support device, injection elements, a fluid providing device that is fluidically connected to the injection elements, a drive device by which the injection elements are on the one hand lowerable and raisable in relation to the support device and on the other movable along a working direction of the ground treatment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOKRAFT AG
    Inventors: Eric Hardman, Benjamin Buehrer
  • Patent number: 10791668
    Abstract: A seed meter disk includes a body defining a plane of rotation. A circumferential array of seed openings are provided for seed adherence. A circumferential array of seed agitator pockets are formed as depressions in the first side of the body, each one of the array of seed agitator pockets having a radially inner end, a radially outer end, and a trailing edge extending from the radially inner end to the radially outer end. At least a portion of the trailing edge of one or more of the seed agitator pockets is backswept so that a circumferential-direction offset from a radial reference line rotationally ahead of the trailing edge, with respect to rotation of the seed meter disk in an operational direction, increases toward the radially outer end. The backswept portion is non-linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Beth A. Wolfs
  • Patent number: 10785904
    Abstract: A seed metering system, for use on a row crop planter, selects individual seeds from a seed reservoir and dispenses the seeds singularly at a controlled rate. A direct drive seed metering system includes a seed disc having a plurality of suction apertures with a recessed pocket adjacent to an aperture. The recessed pockets act to agitate seeds in the seed reservoir and to direct seed flow towards the apertures. A seed path relief system aids in the placement of the seeds such that they are released from an outer edge of the seed disc. An adjustable seed singulator is mounted adjacent to the face of the seed disc where inner and outer blades are adjusted radially to compensate for the singulation of various seed sizes and shapes. The seed disc is driven via engagement of an internal gear with the external gear of an independent drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Kale J. Brockmann
  • Patent number: 10779460
    Abstract: A distribution tower of an agricultural distribution machine for spreading granular material comprises a riser pipe supplying a flow of distribution goods to a ring-shaped distributor head for dividing the flow into a multitude of flows of distribution goods along the circumference of the distributor head. At least one of the outflows has a shut-off device. The shut-off device has a track switch operable to selectively guide the flow of distribution goods toward a seed tube or toward a return section. A return device connects to and surrounds the riser pipe. Openings in the riser pipe serve to receive the returned distribution goods. The return section, as well as the seed tube connection, are permanently, pneumatically connected. A method is also provided where it is possible to shut off an optional number of outflows without any resulting major change of the lateral distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Horsch Maschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Pirkenseer
  • Patent number: 10779461
    Abstract: A seed metering system for metering a plurality of seeds includes a meter housing having a first side and a second side. A seed inlet is positioned at the first side and an aperture is positioned at the second side. The seed metering system further includes a hub mounted within the aperture, a retaining member located at the hub, and a metering member positioned on the hub. The metering member compressively engages the retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Stanley R. Borkgren
  • Patent number: 10775219
    Abstract: A system includes an agricultural metering system a meter roller configured to meter product from an agricultural product storage compartment to a product distribution system via rotation of the meter roller. The meter roller includes a first meter roller segment having a first plurality of flutes and a corresponding first plurality of recesses, and a second meter roller segment having a second plurality of flutes and a corresponding second plurality of recesses. The first meter roller segment includes a first profile, the second meter roller includes a second profile, and the first profile is different from the second profile. The system also has a dividing ring axially positioned between the first meter roller segment and the second meter roller segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, Gordon Anthony Engel, Jack Donald Turner, Joel John Octave Gervais, James Wayne Henry, Ethan Curtis Stephen Bent
  • Patent number: 10775220
    Abstract: A system includes an agricultural metering system with a meter roller configured to meter product from an agricultural product storage compartment to a product distribution system via rotation of the meter roller. The meter roller includes a first meter roller segment having a first plurality of flutes and corresponding recesses, and a second meter roller segment having a second plurality of flutes and a corresponding second plurality of recesses. The flutes of the first meter roller segment are axially separated from the flutes of the second meter roller segment by a gap. The meter roller also includes a dividing ring disposed about the shaft and axially positioned between the first meter roller segment and the second meter roller segment. A width of the dividing ring is substantially equal to the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canda, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel John Octave Gervais, Dennis George Thompson, Dennis W. Chahley, Gordon Anthony Engel, Trevor Lawrence Kowalchuk, James Wayne Henry, Ethan Curtis Stephen Bent
  • Patent number: 10765055
    Abstract: A greaseless bushing assembly for the gauge wheel arms of an agricultural row planter. The greaseless bushing includes an outer threaded tube for threaded mounting within the gauge wheel arm, and an internal non-metallic sleeve through which the wheel bolt extends for mounting the gauge wheel onto the arm. The sleeve provides dry lubrication for the bushing. The bushing may also include a lip or wiper seal at each end to prevent entry of dust into the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Harvest International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Alan Sivinski
  • Patent number: 10765070
    Abstract: A system for sowing seeds in cells of a germination tray or other container and related methods of operation. The system may include a conveyor configured to move the germination tray in a conveying direction, a seed storage container configured to hold a plurality of seeds, a seed sowing machine, and a seed diverting mechanism. The seed sowing machine may be configured to transfer the seeds from the seed storage container along at least one seed transport path and into respective cells of the germination tray as the conveyor moves the germination tray in the conveying direction. The seed diverting mechanism may be configured to selectively divert seeds from the at least one seed transport path such that the diverted seeds are not deposited in cells of the germination tray during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BALL HORTICULTURAL COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Scott Conrad, Xiaolei Hu
  • Patent number: 10757857
    Abstract: A modular meter roller for an agricultural metering system. The modular meter roller includes a first roller segment that couples to and rotates with a shaft to meter flowable particulate material. The first roller segment includes a body that defines an aperture. The aperture receives the shaft and the aperture defines a plurality of vertices. A first plurality of fins extending radially outward from the body. The first plurality of fins defines a first plurality of grooves in the first roller segment that receives flowable particulate material. A vertex of the plurality of vertices of the aperture is offset from a longitudinal axis of a fin of the first plurality of fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Guillaume Cloutier Boily
  • Patent number: 10750657
    Abstract: One row unit for an agricultural implement includes a frame assembly having a front gauge wheel mounting location and a rear gauge wheel mounting location, wherein the front gauge wheel mounting location is forward of the rear gauge wheel mounting location, relative to a direction of travel of the row unit. A first gauge wheel assembly is configured to be mounted to a selected one of the front gauge wheel mounting location and the rear gauge wheel mounting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Anderson, Johnathon R. Dienst
  • Patent number: 10750658
    Abstract: A multi-variety seed meter can include a set of divider walls in a seed chamber to promote seed delivery on a first-in-first-out (FIFO) basis. This can be helpful to reduce the amount of seed variety mixing which may occur at transition points while planting in an agricultural field, since the first variety can be substantially exhausted from the seed meter before the second variety begins to get picked up by a seed transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Schoeny, Chad M. Johnson