Patents by Inventor Noel W. Anderson

Noel W. Anderson 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: 20210105941
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) grain mass and constituent measurement system utilized onboard a combine harvester includes an RF sensor subsystem for capturing RF sensor readings of a harvested grain within an area of the combine harvester. A memory stores an RF characteristic database, which contains RF characteristic testing data collected for tested grain samples over one or more tested frequency ranges. A controller, operably coupled to the RF sensor subsystem and to the memory, is configured to: (i) receive the RF sensor readings from the RF sensor subsystem; (ii) determine grain mass and a first constituent content of the currently-harvested grain based, at least in part, on an analytical comparison between the RF sensor readings and the RF characteristic testing data; and (iii) perform at least one action in response to determining the grain mass and the first constituent content of the harvested grain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Wentao Yu, Volker Fuchs, Gurmukh Advani, Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20210088354
    Abstract: A second data processor determines candidate passes of the second vehicle in alignment with the defined plant rows to provide area coverage of the work area or field within the defined boundary based on an implement width or swath of the second vehicle and row spacing of the second vehicle, wherein the one or more candidate passes are associated with the defined plant rows consistent with a planned guidance path. From the present position and heading of the second vehicle, a user interface or display displays the determined candidate passes to minimize overlap of adjacent candidate passes of the second vehicle and to minimize any yield loss associated with unharvested/untreated passes or zones within the work area or field. The user interface or display supports selection of one of the displayed or presented candidate passes as the planned guidance path of the second vehicle consistent with the provision of area coverage of the work area or field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10925208
    Abstract: A sensor system for monitoring vapor concentrations associated with an agricultural implement is disclosed. The sensor system comprises a first sensor coupled to a support structure that is configured to sense a concentration of at least one component of a vapor sample associated with dispensed ammonia that is emitted from the soil. A controller is communicatively coupled to the first sensor, and is configured to receive and process output signals generated by the first sensor to determine an amount of the concentration of the at least one component that is loss during emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Ramanathan Sugumaran
  • Patent number: 10912251
    Abstract: A method for treating plants comprises estimating a growth state or maturity state of a plant based on a planting date, a current date and the crop type of the plant. A root zone estimator or data processor estimating a size, diameter or radius of a root zone of the plant based on the determined growth state or maturity state. The data processor adjusts a lateral offset of a distribution pattern of a crop input or nutrient from at least one nutrient knife based on the size, diameter or radius of the root zone and safety zone about the root zone, where the at least one nutrient knife tracks a path outside of or bounded by the root zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Terence D. Pickett, Richard J. Connell, Larry L. Hendrickson, Frederick W. Nelson, Brandon M. McDonald, Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20210029878
    Abstract: One or more information maps are obtained by an agricultural work machine. The one or more information maps map one or more agricultural characteristic values at different geographic locations of a field. An in-situ sensor on the agricultural work machine senses an agricultural characteristic as the agricultural work machine moves through the field. A predictive map generator generates a predictive map that predicts a predictive agricultural characteristic at different locations in the field based on a relationship between the values in the one or more information maps and the agricultural characteristic sensed by the in-situ sensor. The predictive map can be output and used in automated machine control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan R. Vandike, Bhanu Kiran Reddy Palla, Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20210029877
    Abstract: One or more information maps are obtained by an agricultural work machine. The one or more information maps map one or more agricultural characteristic values at different geographic locations of a field. An in-situ sensor on the agricultural work machine senses an agricultural characteristic as the agricultural work machine moves through the field. A predictive map generator generates a predictive map that predicts a predictive agricultural characteristic at different locations in the field based on a relationship between the values in the one or more information maps and the agricultural characteristic sensed by the in-situ sensor. The predictive map can be output and used in automated machine control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan R. VANDIKE, Bhanu Kiran Reddy PALLA, Noel W. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20210022283
    Abstract: One or more information maps are obtained by an agricultural work machine. The one or more information maps map one or more agricultural characteristic values at different geographic locations of a field. An in-situ sensor on the agricultural work machine senses an agricultural characteristic as the agricultural work machine moves through the field. A predictive map generator generates a predictive map that predicts a predictive agricultural characteristic at different locations in the field based on a relationship between the values in the one or more information maps and the agricultural characteristic sensed by the in-situ sensor. The predictive map can be output and used in automated machine control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Nathan R. VANDIKE, Bhanu Kiran Reddy PALLA, Matthew T. WOLD, Cody W. Best, Noel W. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20210007277
    Abstract: A method of controlling a work machine on a worksite includes receiving an indication of a work machine assignment having a worksite location and corresponding assignment criteria associated with completion of the work machine assignment, receiving a set of worksite conditions at the location, and identifying a set of machine capabilities, each machine capability corresponding to operation of a controllable subsystem on the work machine. The method includes generating a likelihood metric indicative of a likelihood that the assignment criteria will be met based on the set of worksite conditions and the set of machine capabilities, comparing the likelihood metric to a threshold, and generating a control signal that controls the work machine based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventor: Noel W. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20210000011
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring crop yield is disclosed. The monitoring device is mounted to a housing of a grain elevator of an agricultural work machine proximate a crop conveyor assembly arranged in the housing and has at least one aperture formed therein. A material engagement member is arranged on the mounting structure and is pivotal with respect to the mounting structure about a pivot point. The material engagement member can comprise first end and a second end opposite of the first end. At least one rotational sensor is arranged in the monitoring device and is configured to detect spatial movement or position of the material engagement member. A processing device is coupled to the at least one rotational sensor and is configured to determine an aggregate crop yield based on the detected rotational magnitude of the displacement of the first end or second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Gurmukh H. Advani, Noel W. Anderson, Kevin P. Cowles, Michael L. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10871458
    Abstract: Transmit patches lie on the outer set of conductive patches that are coupled to the transmitter via the signal splitter. The receive patches lie on the outer set of conductive patches that are coupled to one or more receivers to receive a radio frequency field (e.g., fringing field) associated with the transmitted signal of one or more adjacent corresponding transmit patches. A detector is associated with one or more respective receivers for determining or estimating an attenuation of the radio frequency field (e.g., fringing field). An electronic data processor is arranged for evaluating the estimated attenuation to estimate the grain loss content and material other than grain content of the agricultural material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: William D. Todd, Gurmukh H. Advani, Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10863672
    Abstract: Transmit patches lie on the outer set of conductive patches that are coupled to the transmitter via the signal splitter. The receive patches lie on the outer set of conductive patches that are coupled to one or more receivers to receive a radio frequency field (e.g., fringing field) associated with the transmitted signal of one or more adjacent corresponding transmit patches. A detector is associated with one or more respective receivers for determining or estimating an attenuation of the radio frequency field (e.g., fringing field). An electronic data processor is arranged for evaluating the estimated attenuation to estimate the amount, volume, mass or flow (e.g., yield) of harvested agricultural material and/or other than grain content of the agricultural material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: William D. Todd, Gurmukh H. Advani, Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200375083
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a system and method for obscurant mitigation is disclosed. The system comprises an obscurant assessor configured to characterize one or more characteristics of a detected obscurant and generate an obscurant model; an obscurant mitigator configured to perform one or more mitigation operations; and a controller communicatively coupled to each of the obscurant assessor and the obscurant mitigator. The controller is configured to receive an output signal from a vehicle sensor corresponding to a detected obscurant level and determine if the detected obscurant level exceeds a predetermined threshold. The controller generates an obscurant mitigation plan if the detected obscurant level exceeds the predetermined threshold based on the obscurant model generated by the obscurant assessor; and controls operations of an obscurant mitigator based on the obscurant mitigation plan to reduce the detected obscurant level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Zachary T. Bonefas
  • Publication number: 20200378088
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a method for directing a work machine to one or more worksites from a selection of candidate worksites is disclosed. The method includes receiving obscurant data related to a forecast availability of obscurants at one or more worksites; receiving environmental data related to the suppression, creation, transportation, or direction of obscurants; and receiving operational data related to machine components and the ability of the machine components to generate obscurants or have performance degraded by obscurants at the one or more worksites. Determining an obscurant metric for each of the one or more worksites based on the obscurant data, the environmental data, and the operational data; and directing the work machine to the one or more worksites based on the obscurant metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10832351
    Abstract: A sensing system bias is reduced across a first agricultural machine and a second agricultural machine. A collection of agronomic data is accessed, that is indicative of an estimated crop yield. The collection that is accessed, for example, includes at least a first set of data sensed by the first agricultural machine and a second set of data sensed by the second agricultural machine. In addition, the first and second sets of data can be scaled based on a yield correction factor. A bias between the scaled first set of data and the scaled second set of data is determined, and a smoothing operation is performed on the scaled first and second sets of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sebastian Blank, Robert A. Stevens, Dohn W. Pfeiffer, Noel W. Anderson, James J. Phelan
  • Patent number: 10830751
    Abstract: A method for treating plants with respect to estimated root zones comprises estimating a growth state or maturity state of a plant based on a planting date, a current date and the crop type of the plant. A root zone estimator or data processor estimating a size, diameter or radius of a root zone of the plant based on the determined growth state or maturity state. The data processor or nozzle control module adjusts a lateral offset of a spray pattern of a nozzle assembly of one or more nozzles based on the size, diameter or radius to target alignment or maximization of overlap area of a crop input directed to a strip or zone with respect to the corresponding root zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Terence D. Pickett, Richard J. Connell, Larry L. Hendrickson, Frederick W. Nelson, Brandon M. McDonald, Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10831199
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flies to a location of a ground control point, and provides a mark for imaging by an aerial vehicle. The UAV remains at the ground control point and collects GNSS data to localize the point. The ground control point may be marked on the ground by the UAV, or it may be on an upper surface of the UAV that is visible to the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10827693
    Abstract: A mobile agricultural sprayer includes at least one sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a temperature inversion at a worksite. The mobile agricultural sprayer also includes an inversion detection system configured to detect a presence of the temperature inversion at the worksite based on the sensor signal, and, based on the detected presence, generate a temperature inversion output indicative of the presence of the temperature inversion. The mobile agricultural sprayer also includes an action signal generator configured to receive the temperature inversion output from the inversion detection system, and, based on the received temperature inversion output, generate an action signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Richard A. Humpal, Terence D. Pickett, Travis G. Funseth
  • Patent number: 10820503
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring crop yield is disclosed. The monitoring device is mounted to a housing of a grain elevator of an agricultural work machine proximate a crop conveyor assembly arranged in the housing and has at least one aperture formed therein. A material engagement member is arranged on the mounting structure and is pivotal with respect to the mounting structure about a pivot point. The material engagement member can comprise first end and a second end opposite of the first end. At least one rotational sensor is arranged in the monitoring device and is configured to detect spatial movement or position of the material engagement member. A processing device is coupled to the at least one rotational sensor and is configured to determine an aggregate crop yield based on the detected rotational magnitude of the displacement of the first end or second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Gurmukh H. Advani, Noel W. Anderson, Kevin P. Cowles, Michael L. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20200326674
    Abstract: A priori geo-referenced vegetative index data is obtained for a worksite, along with field data that is collected by a sensor on a work machine that is performing an operation at the worksite. A predictive model is generated, while the machine is performing the operation, based on the geo-referenced vegetative index data and the field data. A model quality metric is generated for the predictive model and is used to determine whether the predictive model is a qualified predicative model. If so, a control system controls a subsystem of the work machine, using the qualified predictive model, and a position of the work machine, to perform the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Bhanu Kiran Reddy Palla, Nathan R. Vandike, Federico Pardina-Malbran, Michael A. Waldo, Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20200326727
    Abstract: A work machine receives a thematic map that maps values of a variable to different geographic locations at a worksite. Control zones are dynamically identified on the thematic map and actuator settings are dynamically identified for each control zone. A position of the work machine is sensed, and actuators on the work machine are controlled based upon the control zones that the work machine is in, or is entering, and based upon the settings corresponding to the control zone. These control zones and settings are dynamically adjusted based on in situ (field) data collected by sensors on the work machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Bhanu Kiran Reddy PALLA, Nathan R. VANDIKE, Federico PARDINA-MALBRAN, Noel W. ANDERSON