Patents by Inventor NEIL J. HAUSMANN

NEIL J. HAUSMANN has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220148151
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: CHAD CLIFFORD BERGHOEFER, TRAVIS ALLEN HANSELMAN, NEIL J. HAUSMANN, CARLOS MESSINA
  • Patent number: 11282181
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Chad Clifford Berghoefer, Travis Allen Hanselman, Neil J Hausmann, Carlos Messina
  • Publication number: 20200334804
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: CHAD CLIFFORD BERGHOEFER, TRAVIS ALLEN HANSELMAN, NEIL J. HAUSMANN, CARLOS MESSINA
  • Patent number: 10713768
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Clifford Berghoefer, Travis Allen Hanselman, Neil J Hausmann, Carlos Messina
  • Publication number: 20190019281
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: CHAD CLIFFORD BERGHOEFER, TRAVIS ALLEN HANSELMAN, NEIL J. HAUSMANN, CARLOS MESSINA
  • Patent number: 9539618
    Abstract: A system for automated high throughput presentation of an ear of corn for image acquisition and evaluation is provided. The ear evaluation system may include an image acquisition system for acquiring an image of the ear of corn. An ear staging system may be configured for coordinating timing and movement of the ear of corn through the image acquisition system. The ear evaluation system may define a mobile structure. Thereby the mobile structure may be driven or towed over rows of corn in order to acquire images of the corn substantially simultaneously with picking the ears of corn. Accordingly, image data relating to ears of corn may be obtained in a rapid manner. A method for high throughput presentation of a plurality of ears of corn for image acquisition and evaluation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Alley, Neil J. Hausmann, Craig R. Homan, Jason J. Kelsick, Michelle L. Parlett
  • Patent number: 8488865
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil J. Hausmann, Tabare E. Abadie, Mark Cooper, Honor R. LaFitte, Jeffrey R. Schussler
  • Publication number: 20120260618
    Abstract: A system for automated high throughput presentation of an ear of corn for image acquisition and evaluation is provided. The ear evaluation system may include an image acquisition system for acquiring an image of the ear of corn. An ear staging system may be configured for coordinating timing and movement of the ear of corn through the image acquisition system. The ear evaluation system may define a mobile structure. Thereby the mobile structure may be driven or towed over rows of corn in order to acquire images of the corn substantially simultaneously with picking the ears of corn. Accordingly, image data relating to ears of corn may be obtained in a rapid manner. A method for high throughput presentation of a plurality of ears of corn for image acquisition and evaluation is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Scott E. Alley, Neil J. Hausmann, Craig R. Homan, Jason J. Kelsick, Michelle L. Parlett
  • Publication number: 20100046792
    Abstract: Methods for relatively high throughput counting of elongated strands including silks of a plant. One method includes segregating similar sized pieces of silks from a section of the plant's silk brush and quantitatively counting the pieces using an automated method. The automated method can be a digital image of the pieces distributed across or above a surface, and image analysis to derive a count of individual pieces. An alternative automated method is to move the pieces sequentially and substantially singulated past a detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: STEVEN R. ANDERSON, RONALD L. FARRINGTON, DANIEL M. GOLDMAN, TRAVIS A. HANSELMAN, NEIL J. HAUSMANN, JEFFREY R. SCHUSSLER
  • Publication number: 20100046827
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems for relatively high throughput counting of elongated strands including silks of a plant are disclosed. One apparatus or system includes segregating similar sized pieces of silks from a section of the plant's silk brush using a tool adapted to obtain uniform samples and system quantitatively counting the pieces by automation. The automated system can be a digital image of the pieces distributed across or above a surface, and image analysis to derive a count of individual pieces. An alternative automated system moves the pieces sequentially and substantially singulated past a detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: STEVEN R. ANDERSON, RONALD L. FARRINGTON, DANIEL M. GOLDMAN, TRAVIS A. HANSELMAN, NEIL J. HAUSMANN, JEFFREY R. SCHUSSLER