Patents Examined by John G. Weiss
  • Patent number: 9733634
    Abstract: An agricultural planter including a frame member, a conveyance system, a seeding system and an air pressure differential system. The conveyance system is coupled to the frame member and the conveyance system allows for the moving of the planter at a ground speed. The seeding system is coupled to the frame member. The air pressure differential system is operatively coupled to the seeding system. The air pressure differential system includes an air pressure differential producing apparatus for producing an air pressure difference and a controller. The controller is in controlling communication with the air pressure differential producing apparatus. The controller is configured to select the air pressure difference dependent upon the ground speed of the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 9730377
    Abstract: A planter is provided with onboard seed treatment for treating seeds on the go during row-crop planting of an agricultural field. The seed treatment system of the planter allows for selective planting of specific zones of a field with treated seed, which may include planting different zones of the field with seeds having different treatments. The planter may store untreated seed in bulk and include a seed treatment system that selectively and precisely treat the untreated seeds during treatment events by way of an injection or spray nozzle system that applies liquid treatment to the seeds traveling along a tightly defined travel path, such as within pockets of a belt that carries the seeds through a seed tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor L. Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 9730389
    Abstract: A roller frame assembly for a pick-up reel of a harvester, where the roller frame assembly is adjustable in that its position can be easily adjusted relative to a position of a drive shaft of the pick-up reel, thereby effectively converting the pick-up reel from a flip reel to a non-flip reel, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HCC, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis John Jones, Paul Jeffrey Aubry, James Joseph Legner
  • Patent number: 9723790
    Abstract: A weed seed devitalization arrangement for use with a. combine harvester, attached to the combine harvester, towed behind, or standalone. The weed seed devitalization arrangement receives weed seeds entrained in a. portion of the air and material previously discharged from a combine harvester or other crop/lawn cutung apparatus. The weed seed devitalization arrangement includes a roton'stator arrangement including but not necessarily excluding other elements, one or more stationary substantially circular array of weed seed impact members, the members being arranged so as to impact weed seeds being provided into the substantially circular array; and one or more rotatable substantially circular array of weed seed impact members, the rotatable array movable with respect to a stationary substantially circular array of weed seed impact members, the impact members of the rotatable substantially circular array arranged to impact weed seeds being directed through the rotatable substantially circular array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: GRAINS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Inventors: Nicholas Kane Berry, Chris Saunders
  • Patent number: 9713298
    Abstract: An agricultural seeding machine comprises, in one example, a seed delivery system configured to deliver seeds to at least one trench by two or more substantially gravity-drop channels, and a seed metering system comprising a rotating meter element configured to singulate seeds from a seed source into the two or more channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Deer & Company
    Inventor: Elijah B. Garner
  • Patent number: 9706698
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprising drawing outdoor air past one or more screens of a combine harvester by generating air flow; circulating the air flow through one or more ducts and into a cleaning system of the combine harvester; closing a baffle in each of the one or more ducts; and responsive to the closing, discharging the air flow past the one or more screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Kinder, Alan R. Morr, Deborah Honas
  • Patent number: 9699949
    Abstract: A farm implement supported by at least one wheeled support mounted on a pivot arm extending from a wing and at least one tracked support on a main carrier. The tracked support can be rotated about a primary rotational axis and the wheeled support being rotatable about a secondary rotational axis. The pivot arm can be rotated to position the wheeled support to elevate or lower the wing. The rotational of the pivot arm also changes the alignment of the secondary rotational axis of the winged support relative to the primary rotational axis of the tracked support to prevent berming when maneuvering the farm implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NORWOOD SALES, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Lykken, Matt Meyer
  • Patent number: 9699953
    Abstract: An air seeder apparatus has a frame and a plurality of furrow opener assemblies spaced across a width of the frame at a narrow row spacing, and a plurality of bulk product containers and a bulk meter mounted on each, one of which dispenses seeds through a distribution network to a seed tube on each furrow opener assembly. A plurality of singulating meter is provided, each dispensing singulated seeds to the furrow opener on one of the furrow opener assemblies. During singulating operation seeds are delivered to the singulating furrow opener assemblies only by the singulating seed meter, and during conventional operation seeds are delivered to the singulating furrow opener assemblies only by the bulk meter. A lift system, when in a singulating mode, maintains idle conventional furrow opener assemblies in the transport position while moving singulating furrow opener assemblies between the operating position and the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Bourgault Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Scot Jagow, Mark Cresswell
  • Patent number: 9699971
    Abstract: Representative implementations of devices and techniques provide improved material flow for an agricultural vehicle, such as an overland combine harvester vehicle, for example. A sieve of the vehicle is modified with one or more baffles to reduce the quantity of harvested grain that is returned as tailings to the cleaning process during a harvesting pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: PAPEā€² MACHINERY, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Schuerman, Jeffrey Solbrack
  • Patent number: 9699963
    Abstract: A mulch kit control lever with a detent plate attached to the top surface of a mower deck, and a vertically oriented pivot pin extending through the detent plate and through the mower deck and engaging a mulch gate. A pivoting handle connected to the pivot pin moves the mulch gate between a side discharge position and a mulching position. A detent pin on the handle abuts a first stop on the detent plate in the side discharge position and a second stop on the detent plate in the mulching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Kyle T. Ressler, Derek M. Woody, Melissa Tolson
  • Patent number: 9699956
    Abstract: A seeding machine (1) and method of use, for introducing seed material into a soil (11), with a first ploughing device for drawing at least one furrow into the soil and a filling device for closing the first furrow. A dust separator (5) separates air during the seeding process into an air component (13) and a dust component (7). A line from the dust separator delivers the dust component separated from the air component into the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Christopher Arnold, Lubos Vrbka, Charles Andrew Chapple
  • Patent number: 9693507
    Abstract: The hedger trimming carriage and apparatus is a frame that is designed to be mounted on a vehicle. The frame of the hedger trimming carriage and apparatus is designed to carry during operation a hedger that is used to trim bushes and shrubbery while the vehicle is in motion. The hedger trimming carriage and apparatus comprises a mounting frame, a first hedger apparatus, and as second hedger apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Snyder
  • Patent number: 9693496
    Abstract: An agricultural planting machine is described. In one example, the machine comprises a trench opener configured to open a trench, and a trench depth sensing system comprising a ground-engaging component and a trench depth sensor configured to generate a signal indicative a displacement of the ground-engaging component by directly sensing a surface of the ground engaging component. In one example, an agricultural planting machine comprising a trench opener configured to open a trench, and a trench depth sensing system comprising a ground-engaging component and a capacitive sensor comprising a transmitter element driven by an input signal to generate an electric field and a receiver element configured to generate an output signal based on a capacitive coupling between the transmitter and receiver elements, wherein the capacitive coupling changes based on movement of the ground-engaging component within the electric field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nikolai R. Tevs, Jeffrey S. Puhalla, Elijah B. Garner, Michael L. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 9686904
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vibrator for seed delivery system that operates to vibrate seeds within the delivery system to enable the seeds to move through the system and into row meters that place the seeds into the desired location within a trench over which the discharge system is positioned. The vibrator is attached to an induction, box and includes a housing in which an impeller is rotatably mounted. The impeller is driven by incoming air flow used to direct the seeds through the induction box, and includes a number of different sized vanes thereon. The rotation of the vanes creates mechanical vibrations in the induction box and directs a pulsed air flow through the induction box to minimize the bridging of seeds with one another within the induction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Roszman, Grant Macdonald
  • Patent number: 9686908
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a hinge mount top plate, a hinge mount bottom plate, and a pin connecting the top plate and bottom plate. A cam adjuster element includes a top aperture, a middle aperture, and a bottom aperture. A first fastener passes through the top aperture to connect the cam adjuster element to the hinge mount top plate. The first fastener may be disposed in different positions in the top aperture. A second fastener passes through the middle aperture to connect the cam adjuster element to the hinge mount top plate. The cam adjuster element may pivot about a longitudinal axis of the second fastener. The pin is retained in the bottom aperture. An assembly includes a disc, a seed boot, and a mounting mechanism that allows for movement between the seed boot and the disc about first pivot axis and second pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO-AMITY JV, LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Carl Mead, Nicholas W. Schrapp, Collin David Miller
  • Patent number: 9686911
    Abstract: A blade for a mower disc body is provided. The blade includes a cutting blade body of a first base material, top and bottom surfaces and an outer surface that extends around the cutting blade body vertically between the top and bottom surfaces. The blade further includes a cutting edge formed along the outer surface and a plurality of clad beads extending along one of the top and bottom surfaces transversely away from the non-serrated cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Kondex Corporation
    Inventors: Neal J. Stoffel, Keith A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9689142
    Abstract: A vehicle blade assembly apparatus including a push beam; a blade having a working side and a connection side; an anchoring bracket disposed on the connection side of the blade and having a plurality of mounting bores arranged along an arc around a retention hole; and a pitch link connected to the push beam and to the anchoring bracket using a retention pin configured to be removably placed through co-linear mounting bores on the pitch link and the anchoring bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan J. Bradley, Ryan Ogg
  • Patent number: 9675007
    Abstract: A harvesting attachment for a harvester comprising a frame that has a rear wall and a bottom wall. To improve a harvesting attachment of this type, the rear wall comprises a central portion and two outer portions. The central portion of the rear wall is made of a high-tensile material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Belgium nv
    Inventor: Franz Schrattenecker
  • Patent number: 9668408
    Abstract: A cutterbar knife drive cleaning apparatus for a header of an agricultural harvester is disclosed. The apparatus cleans the knife drives by discharging pressurized air from an apertured conduit toward the knife drive. Movement of a cutterbar supporting arm causes rotation of the conduit to produce a sweeping action of an air curtain over the knife drive in order to blow dirt and debris from the knife drive as the harvester traverses a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Antonio Carlos Bosquet, Rodrigo Mayer de Avila
  • Patent number: 9668407
    Abstract: The pivoting action sickle drive has a low profile allowing incorporation in or below a floor of a header of a plant cutting machine to allow passage of cut plant material thereabout. The drive includes a substantially flat rotatable input element, and a drive arm connected eccentric thereto for eccentric rotation along an epicyclical path. The arm extends to a connection with a pivot arm of a pivot element that connects to a knife arm that drives a sickle knife assembly, such that the pivot element, knife arm and knife assembly will be reciprocatingly driven by the eccentric rotation of the drive arm. A second drive can oppositely drive a second sickle knife assembly, such that opposite forces generated by the drives will cancel. The drives can be packaged in a forwardly tapered or curved enclosure, and the pivot elements can be correspondingly shaped to streamline the drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Joel T. Cook, Gary L. Bich, David M. DeChristopher