Patents Examined by Christopher J. Novosad
  • Patent number: 10314300
    Abstract: A method for controlling arthropod pests includes the following steps: A) a step of forming furrows in the soil; B) a step of sowing seeds of a crop in the furrows; C) a step of applying clothianidin and an inorganic phosphate to the furrows; and D) a step of covering the furrows by gathering soil into the furrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yasutaka Shimokawatoko, Ayako Hirao, Atsushi Iwata
  • Patent number: 10314227
    Abstract: A fertilizer knife for applying fertilizer to soil. The fertilizer knife includes a knife body having a primary chamber through a rearward end thereof. Fins diverge laterally outwardly from a tip at a lower forward end of the knife body and curve upwardly from the lower forward end, terminating above a discharge end of the primary chamber. Liquid from a liquid source is communicated to the primary chamber and is discharged from the discharge end into the furrow formed by the fertilizer knife. In another embodiment, a secondary passage through the knife body communicates gas from a gas supply into a gap surrounding a supply tube disposed within the primary chamber. In another embodiment flow controllers disposed on the knife regulate liquid into the primary chamber and gas into the secondary passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: 360 Yield Center, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sudbrink, Nowell Moore
  • Patent number: 10314225
    Abstract: A method of implementing an ecologically sustainable Vetiver plantation, which provides for reduced cost and time for propagating, transplantating and harvesting of Vetiver Grass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Roland Eduard Nöffke, Bruce Edward Coy
  • Patent number: 10309427
    Abstract: A variable pressure control system for varying pressures in the fluid circuits of a dual acting actuator over a range of pressures. The variable pressure control system includes a controller that cooperates with pressure regulators for regulating the desired pressure in the fluid circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek A. Sauder, Jeremy J. Hodel
  • Patent number: 10306827
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for an air cart includes a primary hydraulic assembly and a secondary hydraulic assembly. The hydraulic system also includes a first valve configured to block a flow of a hydraulic fluid flowing in a first direction from the primary hydraulic assembly and a second valve configured to block a flow of the hydraulic fluid flowing in a second direction from the secondary hydraulic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Stewart Joseph Millie
  • Patent number: 10306822
    Abstract: A knife assembly mountable to a frame of a seeder comprises a knife shank having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the knife shank adapted to be directly or indirectly attached to the frame; a knife blade removably attached at or near the distal end of the knife shank; and a tube holder having a groove along a portion of its length, the groove designed to slidably receive a corresponding ridge on a flexible drop tube so that when a portion of the bottom of the flexible drop tube is worn, the flexible drop tube can be pulled from the bottom to slide down the groove and the worn portion can be cut off, the tube holder being attached at or near the distal end of the knife shank behind the knife blade so that both the knife blade and the flexible drop tube can be removed individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ONE PASS IMPLEMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Barry K. Melanson, Patrick M. Beaujot, Bruce W. Wilton
  • Patent number: 10296017
    Abstract: A pre-metering system for feeding different types of seed into a seed meter of a planter includes separate feeder wheels that are selectively rotated to deliver different types of seed from on-row storage into the seed meter at a given time. The feeder wheels may be supported by a feeder wheel carrier that may also support various wall and ramped structures, such as upright divider walls and sloped walls that maintain separation between the different types of seeds in the on-row storage and direct the different types of seed toward the individual feeder wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Schoeny, Chad M. Johnson, Jason T. Czapka, Darian E. Landolt
  • Patent number: 10292322
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a farm implement includes a wing elevation circuit, a wing folding circuit, and a hydraulic valve block assembly. The wing elevation circuit lowers or raises the wings of the farm implement relative to a frame of the farm implement between a first position, in which the wings extend approximately collinear with a lateral axis of the frame, and a second position, in which the wings extend beneath the lateral axis of the frame. The wing folding circuit folds or unfolds the wings between the first position and a transport position, in which the wings are rotated beyond a vertical axis transverse to the lateral axis. The hydraulic valve block assembly is in communication with the wing elevation circuit and the wing folding circuit and controls hydraulic fluid flow in the wing elevation circuit and in the wing folding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Smith, William C. Maenle
  • Patent number: 10292325
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for planting and treating seedlings of an agricultural plant. In particular, the apparatus is adapted for planting and treating sugar cane seedlings. The apparatus comprises means for moving the apparatus over a field with soil in which the seedlings are to be planted. Further, it comprises a tray for holding a plurality of seedlings and a furrow opener for automatically creating a furrow in the field when the apparatus is moved over the field. Moreover, the apparatus comprises a spraying device for applying a fertilizer, an insecticide, a fungicide, and/or a nutrient to the furrow. Furthermore, the apparatus comprises a furrow compactor that is adapted to close the furrow with soil and to compact the soil surrounding the seedling in the closed furrow. Moreover, the invention relates to the use of this apparatus for planting a seedling of a graminaceous plant, in particular the seedling of a sugar cane plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Antonio Cesar Azenha, Nilton Degaspari, Cassio da Silva Cardoso Teixeira
  • Patent number: 10292324
    Abstract: A meter roller for an agricultural metering system includes multiple flutes and recesses. The flutes and recesses are arranged on one or more segments in one or more respective alternating patterns along a circumferential axis of the meter roller, and the flutes and recesses are configured to meter flowable particulate material from a storage tank to a material distribution system via rotation of the meter roller. In addition, each segment includes at least 12 flutes, each segment includes at least 12 recesses, and an aggregate volume of the recesses is between about 80,000 mm3 and about 84,000 mm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Guillaume Cloutier Boily
  • Patent number: 10285326
    Abstract: A method of sowing watermelon seeds includes seeding triploid watermelon seeds and watermelon pollinizer seeds in separate cells within a seedling tray. The triploid watermelon seeds produce seedless watermelons and the pollinizer seeds produce seeded watermelons. The seeded watermelons are not inherently bred to have reduced competition to plants grown from the triploid watermelon seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seedway, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Mathis
  • Patent number: 10285324
    Abstract: A method and a device for feeding granular material in an agricultural implement and an agricultural implement comprising such a device. The method includes establishing an air flow through a take-up zone in a direction toward an outlet of the take-up zone from an inlet of the take-up zone. The take-up zone, has an extend which, viewed in a horizontal plane, is defined by a roof above the take-up zone and side walls extending downward from the roof, so that a space, which is open in the downward direction and toward an outlet, is formed between the roof and the side walls. The method also includes feeding the material to the take-up zone with the aid of gravity, so that the material falls in a direction transversely to the airflow into the take-up zone, thus delimiting the space in the downward direction and adjusting an adjustable part which is adjustable between at least two positions, to regulate a flow rate of the airflow in the space between the material and the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Vaderstad Holding AB
    Inventor: Gert Gilstring
  • Patent number: 10278326
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an applicator having an agricultural product pneumatic conveying system which meters particulate material from one or more source containers at the application equipment and transports the particulate material to evenly distribute the particulate material from the applicator. The pneumatic conveying system employs large diameter supply lines connected between the metering devices at the source containers and delivery nozzles, where the supply lines operate to move and mix the particulate material from the source containers to the nozzles. The particulate material is metered from the source containers into the supply lines via a number of airlocks that can be operated without allowing airflow from the large diameter supply lines to enter the source containers through the airlocks. In addition, the metering devices can b e operated in collective or independent variable manners to allow for sectional control and turning compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Martin J. Roberge, Joel Denis, Rex L. Ruppert
  • Patent number: 10271544
    Abstract: A method for reducing damage by harmful organisms in corn cultivation. Damage by harmful organisms in corn cultivation can be reduced by carrying out the steps of: A) making a furrow in a cultivated land; B) seeding the furrow formed in the foregoing step with corn; C) applying to the furrow one or more selected from Compound Group (II), or C?) applying to the furrow one or more selected from Compound Group (I) and one or more selected from Compound Group (II); and D) closing the furrow. Compound Group (I): clothianidin, thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and thiacloprid; Compound Group (II): bifenthrin, bioresmethrin, deltamethrin, bioallethrin, ethofenprox, fenpropathrin, cypermethrin, alpha-cypermethrin, zeta-cypermethrin, fenvalerate, esfenvalerate, cyfluthrin, beta-cyfluthrin, alpha-cypermethrin, tralomethrin, fluvalinate, permethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, flucythrinate and tefluthrin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Norihisa Sakamoto, Mayuko Ozawa, Atsushi Iwata
  • Patent number: 10264724
    Abstract: A fertilizer row unit including a toolbar coupling, first and second suspension members, a pressure applying device, a wheel assembly, a knife assembly and a wheel down pressure system. The first suspension member has a first end pivotally coupled to the toolbar coupling. The second suspension member is generally parallel to the first suspension member. The pressure applying device is coupled to the first or second suspension member. The wheel assembly has at least one wheel. The knife assembly is pivotally coupled to both the first and second suspension members. The wheel down pressure system is coupled to the wheel assembly, the wheel down pressure system substantially maintaining a selected pressure on the wheel assembly while the pressure applying device applies varying pressure to at least the first suspension member and the second suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Adams, Keith W. Wendte
  • Patent number: 10257975
    Abstract: A method and system for planting one of a plurality of seed types, hybrids and/or varieties includes planter with a plurality of row units. The row units include metering systems, which can include multiple seed meters at a particular row unit, as well as a queuing system. The metering systems including more than one seed meters are configured such that the seed meters will plant a different seed types or varieties. The operation of one or more of the seed meters at a time will provide for the planting of a particular seed variety. The invention provides for on-the-go changing of a seed being planted by changing the operation of one or more of the seed meters at each of the row units and provides for almost infinite variation among the row units for planting particular seed varieties or not planting at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon E. Kinzenbaw, Merlan J. Rolffs, Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Dustan Hahn, Derrick Becker
  • Patent number: 10257973
    Abstract: A planter row unit comprises a frame, a furrow opener mounted to the frame to open a furrow, a seed delivery mechanism mounted to the frame to deposit seed into the furrow, a furrow shaper, and a sensor configured to detect a parameter related to seed planting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Cary S. Hubner, Elijah B. Garner, Kamalakannan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10257974
    Abstract: A vacuum seed meter includes a vacuum channel and a seed transport member having seed cells defined as openings through a perimeter region of the seed transport member, which rotates through the vacuum channel. The seed meter includes a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors targeting a different location within the seed meter. Each of the plurality of sensors connected to send signals to a controller that evaluates whether each seed cell passing through these locations is filled or empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Schoeny, Chad M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10251333
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for controlling the down force on an agricultural implement comprises a hydraulic cylinder containing a movable ram, a source of pressurized fluid coupled to the hydraulic cylinder on a first side of the ram by a first controllable valve, a fluid sump coupled to the hydraulic cylinder on the first side of the ram by a second controllable valve, and an electrical controller coupled to the valves for opening and closing the valves. The valves may be self-latching valves that remain in an open or closed position until moved to the other position in response to a signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 10251337
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for minimizing the volume of a liquid carrier used for delivering an agricultural product into a furrow during planting. In one embodiment, a spray nozzle is mounted on a planter row unit so as to dispense a carrier containing an agricultural product along a dispensing pattern in alignment with the pattern width of the spray nozzle, in the direction of the furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AMVAC CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Larry M. Conrad