Patents Examined by Wayne A. Langel
  • Patent number: 10518244
    Abstract: A method for producing charcoal particles or pellets which use different additives as binders for the biochar pellets. The method includes producing a mixture with charcoal and additives selected from nanocrystalline cellulose, nanocrystalline fibrils, bentonite, and polyvinyl acetate. The mixture is created by mixing one or more of the additives with charcoal or bentonite. The mixture is then processed in a pelletizer device. While processing, the surface of the mixture is sprayed with a liquid. Once turned into pellets by way of the pelletizer device, the resulting pellets are then dried by applying heat to the pellets. The liquid can be water or a solution of water and sodium borate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Eddy
  • Patent number: 10519073
    Abstract: A growing medium comprising fibrous tree bark and fibrous wood components, wherein the fibers of the growing medium have an average length to width ratio, such that the growing medium has a dry bulk density of about 60 kg/m3 or lower and wet bulk density of about 120 kg/m3 or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: PROFILE PRODUCTS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin Scott Spittle, Gary Lane Bowers
  • Patent number: 10519373
    Abstract: A method for making a growing medium includes a step of combining tree bark and/or wood components together to form an initial composition; heating the initial composition to a temperature greater than about 149° C. under steam in a pressurized vessel; processing the initial composition through a refiner with a plurality of opposing disks to obtain the fibrous growing medium, the refiner separating fibers from each other; wherein the growing medium has total porosity of 88 volume % or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Profile Products, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin Scott Spittle, Gary Lane Bowers
  • Patent number: 10512886
    Abstract: A device for producing granules that include ammonium sulfate may include a mixing device, an atomizing device and a fluidized bed. The mixing device may be utilized to produce a composition comprising ammonium sulfate and aluminum sulfate. The atomizing device may be disposed downstream of the mixing device and may be utilized to atomize the composition produced in the mixing device. The fluidized bed may also be disposed downstream of the mixing device. The fluidized bed may be utilized for producing the granules. Further, with respect to a process for producing granules comprising ammonium sulfate, a step of granulating a composition comprising ammonium sulfate and aluminum sulfate may involve providing ammonium sulfate-containing nuclei, fluidizing the ammonium sulfate-containing nuclei, and atomizing the composition onto the nuclei.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Peter Banik, Jens Mathiak
  • Patent number: 10513469
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficacy of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of an organic solvent formula containing polyorganic acids and/or their salts. The formulation liberates nutrient(s) that are normally bound in the soil as insoluble salts and complexes. These delivery formulations also provide an environmentally sound and inherently safe solvating system that improves diffusion of polyorganic acids to the granule fertilizer. These delivery formulations enable safe storage, transport and subsequent application or blending with solid or liquid fertilizers. The combined formulation and fertilizer can be applied to soil to provide improved efficacy of fertilizer by liberating nutrients bound in the soil for uptake by plant life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn
  • Patent number: 10508060
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new fertilizer comprising water and an organic potassium source wherein the fertilizer composition has a pH range of from 5.5 to 10.0 and a salt index no greater than about 40 as measured by electrical conductivity methods. The organic potassium source is selected from the group consisting of potassium acetate, potassium formate, potassium citrate, potassium succinate, potassium propionate, and combinations thereof. The fertilizer demonstrates lower phytotoxicity damage compared to other sources of potassium for fertilizer products. The fertilizer composition may further comprise nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, zinc, boron, calcium, manganese, iron, copper, cobalt, magnesium, molybdenum, inoculants, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NACHURS ALPINE SOLUTIONS, CORP.
    Inventors: Tommy Roach, Gregory Bame
  • Patent number: 10501380
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method for the manufacture of a homogeneous, solid, particulate, urea-based material comprising elemental sulphur. The invention further relates to a homogeneous, solid, particulate urea-based material comprising small elemental sulphur phases in a urea-based base material and formed by an accretion process. The product is in particular suitable as a fertilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Yara International ASA
    Inventors: Francois Ledoux, Filip Colpaert
  • Patent number: 10501384
    Abstract: Reaction products and methods for making and using such reaction products are provided. For example, a reaction product comprising an adduct formed from two or more of a first nucleophile (e.g., including, but not limited to, a urease inhibitor), a second nucleophile, and an electrophile is described, which can be provided in various forms. Such a reaction product can be in the form of a solid or solution. Such a reaction product can also be combined with one or more additional components, including but not limited to, free urease inhibitor and/or a nitrogen-based fertilizer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Koch Agronomic Services, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Barr, Ethel Garnier, Stanley Freeman
  • Patent number: 10494311
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficiency of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of formulations containing poly(organic acids), [P(OA)]s, and/or their salts dispersed in a Non-aqueous Organic Solvent Delivery System (NOSDS). Utilizing a NOSDS allows for coating all components in a fertilizer formulation including but not limited to Urea, Manure, mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), solid micronutrients such as lime, zinc chloride, etc.) with a layer of [P(OA)]s and/or their salts that liberates, in a plant available form, the micronutrient metals and macronutrients, that are bound as insoluble salts and complexes in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn
  • Patent number: 10487016
    Abstract: Methods and system for increasing the water solubility and availability of zinc in granular fertilizers using acid treatments. The treatment of granular fertilizers with an acidic solution increases an amount of water-soluble zinc, which in turn, increases the efficiency of zinc uptake and reduces the costs and equipment otherwise needed to mitigate zinc deficiencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Mosaic Company
    Inventors: Michael John McLaughlin, Jozefien Louisa Elvire Degryse, Roslyn Jane Baird, Rodrigo Coqui da Silva, Bryan Todd Baylor, Lawrence Alan Peacock
  • Patent number: 10479735
    Abstract: A process for producing a commercial soil additive comprises mixing a compost composition with elementary (raw) sulphur to form a mixed material and turning the mixed material until it is substantially homogenous and until there is microbial oxidation of elementary sulphur therein to at least one sulphate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GFL ENVIRONMENTAL INC.
    Inventors: Charles O'Donnell, Neil Wiens, Jeffrey Thompson
  • Patent number: 10472297
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for using biochar in composting environments to control temperature, moisture, acid and pH levels, odors and bacterial cultures. The method further includes treating the biochar prior to combining it with the compost to further control such parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy System, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Belcher, Mark L. Jarand
  • Patent number: 10472294
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a semi-humic composition comprising one or more humic substance which has been chemically interacted with one or more organic non-humic nitrogenous molecules, methods of use thereof, and a process for obtaining the same. The compositions provided herein are useful for enhancing crop growth, and in particular, in the area of organic farming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Actagro, LLC
    Inventors: Taha Rezai, Qingwen He, Thomas J. Gerecke, John L. Breen, Susan Her, Gregory A. Crawford, Montell L. Bayer
  • Patent number: 10472295
    Abstract: The invention herein provides a composite material suitable for the absorption of moisture in natural outside areas. More particularly, the composite material can be applied to both grassy and non-grassy natural areas to both absorb any excessive, apparent moisture therein and to also enrich the underlying earth of both grassy and non-grassy natural areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Derrick Robert Mayes
  • Patent number: 10472298
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a biochar solution. The method comprises the steps of collecting biochar particles, dispersing the biochar particles in a liquid solution and adding a stabilizing agent to keep the biochar in flowable suspension. The stabilizing agent may be added to the liquid solution or to the biochar prior to placing the biochar in solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cool Planet Energy System, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Jarand, Daren Einar Daugaard, Timothy Alan Thompson, Han Suk Kim, Michael William Metier
  • Patent number: 10464858
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improving the efficiency of man-made and/or natural organic-based animal manure fertilizers by administration of formulations containing poly(organic acids), [P(OA)]s, and/or their salts dispersed in a Non-aqueous Organic Solvent Delivery System (NOSDS). Utilizing a NOSDS allows for coating all components in a fertilizer formulation including but not limited to Urea, Manure, mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), solid micronutrients such as lime, zinc chloride, etc.) with a layer of [P(OA)]s and/or their salts that liberates, in a plant available form, the micronutrient metals and macronutrients, that are bound as insoluble salts and complexes in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gary David McKnight, Randall Linwood Rayborn, Wei Xu, Raymond Patrick Perkins
  • Patent number: 10464857
    Abstract: An organic fertilizer/plant food containing molasses to increase microorganism activity in soils. The molasses provides additional nutrients to the soil that are readily available for plant intake. The molasses provides sugars to increase microorganism activity to benefit soil structure before the slower process of microorganism break-down of other organic materials can occur. The molasses may be applied to the fertilizer mixture in various ways including by spraying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KALMBACH FEEDS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul M. Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 10464855
    Abstract: A process for preparing a urea-sulphur fertiliser is disclosed. Urea and sulphur are supplied to a dispersion mill wherein a rotor turns within a slotted stator, thereby providing a dispersion of molten urea and molten sulphur; and the dispersion of molten urea and molten sulphur is supplied to a forming unit to provide the urea-sulphur fertiliser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Cyrille Paul Allais, Rafael Alberto Garcia Martinez
  • Patent number: 10457611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to Mycorrhizal seed and in-furrow compositions containing polyethylene glycol. The present invention is further directed to methods of improving plant growth by applying Mycorrhizal seed and in-furrow compositions containing polyethylene glycol to a plant, plant propagation material or an area where a plant will grow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: VALENT BIOSCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Bala N. Devisetty, Alok Adholeya
  • Patent number: 10457612
    Abstract: Providing a slag bacterial fertilizer and preparation method thereof and a method for improving the degraded soil; the preparation method of the slag bacterial fertilizer, comprising: adding humic acid substance during a process of pulverizing the gasification slag and/or ash residue, wherein the weight ratio of the added amount of humic acid substance relative to the total heavy metal amount in the gasification slag and/or ash residue is 3-40:1; then aging the pulverized product for more than 24 hours; loading 1 to 20 parts by weight of the microbial bacterial fertilizer on the detoxified gasification slag and/or ash residue with respect to 100 parts by weight of the gasification slag and/or ash residue. The prepared slag bacteria fertilizer is used in combination with the humic acid substance to renovate the degraded soil with rapid renovation and desirable effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM (EAST CHINA)
    Inventors: Yuanyu Tian, Yingyun Qiao, Kechang Xie, Zhaohe Yang, Meng Yuan, Bo Wang