Patents by Inventor Todd A. Swanson

Todd A. Swanson 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: 20200296877
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for adjusting the depth of a trench opened by a row unit of an agricultural planter. The row unit includes a trench depth adjustment assembly configured to modify the furrow depth. In one embodiment, the depth adjustment assembly may include a gear box having one or more gears which engage with a gear rack. The gear box may be pivotally connected to a depth adjustment body supporting a rocker that adjusts upward travel of gauge wheel arms. In another embodiment, the depth adjustment assembly may include a depth adjustment arm having a screw receiver that cooperates with a driven screw that adjusts the position of the depth adjustment arm acting on the gauge wheels to adjust trench depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Dillon Sloneker, Todd Swanson, Dale Koch
  • Patent number: 10765057
    Abstract: A seed delivery apparatus and methods in which a seed conveyor delivers seed from a metering device to a trench in a controlled manner to maintain seed placement accuracy within the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Ian Radtke, Todd Swanson
  • Patent number: 10768331
    Abstract: A soil imaging system having a work layer sensor disposed on an agricultural implement to generate an electromagnetic field through a soil area of interest as the agricultural implement traverses a field. A monitor in communication with the work layer sensor is adapted to generate a work layer image of the soil layer of interest based on the generated electromagnetic field. The work layer sensor may also generate a reference image by generating an electromagnetic field through undisturbed soil. The monitor may compare at least one characteristic of the reference image with at least one characteristic of the work layer image to generate a characterized image of the work layer of interest. The monitor may display operator feedback and may affect operational control of the agricultural implement based on the characterized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Koch, Dexter Travis, Todd Swanson, Dillon Sloneker
  • Patent number: 10768340
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and method for monitoring weather conditions and controlling field operations based on the weather conditions. In one embodiment, a system for monitoring weather conditions for field operations includes a plurality of weather devices for monitoring weather conditions of fields with at least at one weather device in proximity to each field being monitored and at least one weather device having an electronics module for determining weather data including precipitation data. The system also includes an agricultural computer system having at least one processing unit for executing instructions for monitoring weather conditions. The at least one processing unit is configured to execute instructions to receive weather data from the plurality of weather devices for monitoring weather conditions of fields, to process the weather data, and to generate data including precipitation rate for monitoring weather conditions and operations of the plurality of weather devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale Koch, Todd Swanson, Justin Koch
  • Patent number: 10743455
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for adjusting the depth of a trench opened by a row unit of an agricultural planter. The row unit includes a trench depth adjustment assembly configured to modify the furrow depth. In one embodiment, the depth adjustment assembly may include a gear box having one or more gears which engage with a gear rack. The gear box may be pivotally connected to a depth adjustment body supporting a rocker that adjusts upward travel of gauge wheel arms. In another embodiment, the depth adjustment assembly may include a depth adjustment arm having a screw receiver that cooperates with a driven screw that adjusts the position of the depth adjustment arm acting on the gauge wheels to adjust trench depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Dillon Sloneker, Todd Swanson, Dale Koch
  • Publication number: 20200245530
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for selecting an agricultural input. First and second seed meters selectively meter seed from first and second sources, respectively, into a common planting trench. In some embodiments, the seed meters are selectively operated by electric motors controlled with reference to a seed type prescription.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Dale Koch, Todd Swanson
  • Publication number: 20200232792
    Abstract: An agricultural trench depth sensing system having a trench implement adapted to be disposed in a soil trench opened in a soil surface. In one embodiment an ultrasonic sensor detects a distance to an upper surface of said trench implement or a target disposed thereon. In another embodiment, said trench implement includes one or more fingers which rotate with respect to said trench implement to detect the soil surface relative to said trench implement. In another embodiment, said trench implement includes side sensors for detecting the sidewall of the soil trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Todd SWANSON, Dale KOCH, Adam VACCARI, Dexter TRAVIS, Reid HARMAN, Michael STRNAD, Jeremy HODEL
  • Patent number: 10701856
    Abstract: Described herein are implements that include a vehicle having a system for sensing or testing soil and/or vegetation as the vehicle traverses a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Koch, Todd Swanson, Kent Levy, Adam Vaccari, Jason Stoller
  • Patent number: 10701853
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for adjusting the depth of a trench opened by a row unit of an agricultural planter. The row unit includes a trench depth adjustment assembly configured to modify the furrow depth. A first depth adjustment sub-assembly is configured to select one of a plurality of pre-selected furrow depths. A second adjustment sub-assembly is configured to modify at least one of a plurality of the pre-selected furrow depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Todd Swanson, Chad Plattner, Jason Stoller, Dale Koch, Dillon Sloneker
  • Patent number: 10694659
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for selecting an agricultural input. First and second inputs are in communication with a seed meter. A selection apparatus constrains the seed meter to deposit only one of the input sources such that the seed meter alternates between depositing the first and second inputs. Processing circuitry controls the selection apparatus to alternate between the first and second inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek Sauder, Todd Swanson, Troy Plattner
  • Patent number: 10667460
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus for selecting an agricultural input include first and second seed meters, which selectively meter seed from first and second sources, respectively, into a common planting trench. In some embodiments, the seed meters are selectively operated by electric motors controlled with reference to a seed type prescription. In some embodiments, the first and second seed meters deposit seeds along a common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Dale Koch, Todd Swanson
  • Publication number: 20200128724
    Abstract: A seed unit for placing seeds into soil is described herein. A seed unit includes a seed meter for singulating seeds, a shaft to deliver the seeds into soil during operation, and an actuator coupled to the shaft. The actuator moves the shaft during operation and the shaft delivers seeds into the soil without a continuous seed trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jason Stoller, Todd SWANSON, Jeremy HODEL, Kent Levy, Ian Radtke
  • Publication number: 20200068783
    Abstract: A seed trench depth sensor is adapted to mount to an agricultural implement. The trench depth sensor determining the difference between a distance measured to a bottom of the seed trench by a first sensor and a distance measured to a surface of the soil by a second sensor disposed rearward of the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Strnad, Jeremy Hodel, Dale Koch, Todd Swanson, Dillon Sloneker
  • Patent number: 10578221
    Abstract: Described herein is a flow divider that has two chambers defined by two diaphragms and a spool disposed through the diaphragms. The spool has two tapered nozzles that extend into outlets from each chamber. Within the spool are orifices for providing fluid communication from an inlet to each chamber and dividing the flow. The flow divider generally maintains consistent flow to each outlet even when there is downstream backpressure by being able to move away from the outlet with the increased pressure to further drive the opposite nozzle into the other outlet to reduce the flow at the other outlet to balance the pressure at each outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Chris Roseman, Jason Stoller, Todd Swanson, Ian Radtke
  • Publication number: 20200015411
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a seed firmer having a resilient portion and a firming portion that are molded together into a unitary part with each portion being a different material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Brian MCMAHON, Todd SWANSON, Michael STRNAD
  • Patent number: 10443631
    Abstract: A downforce controller for an agricultural implement having a double-acting hydraulic cylinder. The cylinder is configured to be coupled to an agricultural row unit and an agricultural toolbar for transmitting a net downforce between the agricultural toolbar and the agricultural row unit. A first pressure in the first chamber of the cylinder and a second pressure in the second chamber of the cylinder having counteracting effects on the net downforce. A manifold coupled to the cylinder is in fluid communication with the first chamber. A pressure control valve supported by the manifold is in fluid communication with the manifold and the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Jason Stoller, Kent Levy, Todd Swanson
  • Publication number: 20190289779
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, implements, and methods for seed orientation during planting operations of agricultural plants of agricultural fields. In one embodiment, a seed firmer includes a base support to be positioned in operation in proximity to a trench for planting seed in the trench and a lower member integrated with the base support or coupled to the base support. The lower member includes a non-planar ground contacting lower surface to adjust an orientation of the seed to a desired seed orientation within the trench and to position the seed within the trench at a desired depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Dale KOCH, Jeremy HODEL, Todd SWANSON, Ian RADTKE
  • Publication number: 20190289778
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, implements, and methods for seed orientation during planting operations of agricultural plants of agricultural fields. In one embodiment, a seed firmer includes a base support to be positioned in operation in proximity to a trench for planting seed in the trench, a vision system coupled to the base support in operation to determine seed orientation data for a first seed in a pre-orientation position, and an actuator coupled to the base support. The actuator adjusts an orientation of a second seed to a desired seed orientation within the trench if desired based on the pre-orientation data for the first seed in the pre-orientation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: PRECISION PLANTING LLC
    Inventors: Dale KOCH, Jeremy HODEL, Todd SWANSON, Ian RADTKE
  • Publication number: 20190230846
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, implements, and methods for seed orientation during planting operations of agricultural plants of agricultural fields. In one embodiment, a system for seed orientation includes a seed disk capable of rotation in operation and having at least one singulator to adjust an orientation of seed to a desired seed orientation for placement within a furrow during planting. A vision system in proximity to the seed disk determines seed orientation data for seed on the seed disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: PRECISION PLANTING LLC
    Inventors: Dale KOCH, Jeremy HODEL, Todd SWANSON, Ian RADTKE
  • Publication number: 20190223372
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, implements, and methods for seed orientation during planting operations of agricultural plants of agricultural fields. In one embodiment, a system for seed orientation includes a vision system positioned in proximity to a seed disk. The vision system determines seed orientation data for seed on the seed disk. A seed belt receives seed from the seed disk and the seed belt adjusts an orientation of the seed from the seed disk to a desired seed orientation with a furrow during planting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: PRECISION PLANTING LLC
    Inventors: Dale KOCH, Jeremy HODEL, Todd SWANSON, Ian RADTKE