Miscellaneous Patents (Class 111/200)
  • Patent number: 10759458
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow for spreading a material is provided. The wheelbarrow generally includes a bucket configured to contain at least one material and having an opening through which the material is configured to flow, a controllable closing flap configured to close the second opening, and a distribution plate extending under the opening. The distribution plate is positioned such that material flowing gravitationally through the opening travels along the distribution plate towards an application surface exterior to the bucket of the wheelbarrow. The distribution plate may include guide channels configured to distribute the material across a width of the distribution plate as the material travels along the distribution plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Bernard Vallez
  • Patent number: 10701857
    Abstract: A mobile agricultural machine has a valve controlled to apply liquid material to a field. An application assembly defines a conduit from the valve to a distal application tip. The application assembly includes a distal conduit section that has an inner diameter that is smaller than an inner diameter of a more proximal conduit section, that is closer to the valve, than the distal tip of the application assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Grant J. Wonderlich, Kenneth Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10698402
    Abstract: An agricultural robot for monitoring plants in a growing site, the robot comprising: a sensor module comprising: a speaker operable to transmit a directional acoustic signal at an object; and a microphone operable to register a reflection of the acoustic signal; a sound analyzer operable to time-index the reflection received by the microphone and maps a location of the object that reflected the received acoustic signal; and an autonomous mobile platform onto which the sensor module is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Ramot at Tel-Aviv University Ltd., The State of Israel, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) (Volcani Center)
    Inventors: Gabor Kosa, Avital Bechar, Yosef Yovel, Roee Finkelshtain
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10670763
    Abstract: A sensor for determining soil properties is disclosed herein. The sensor includes a ground engaging structure adapted for coupling to an agricultural implement and to penetrate soil at a predetermined depth. An electrode assembly is disposed on a sensing surface of the ground engaging structure that includes a plurality of electrode sensing units. The plurality of electrode sensing units are configured to selectively generate a series of electric fields that project outwardly into the surrounding soil in response to receipt of an excitation signal and sense changes in the electric field corresponding to a change in a measured electrical output signal that is used to determine one or more soil properties during movement of the agricultural implement in a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Rhodes, Kartheek Karna, Nikolai Tevs, Jeffrey S. Puhalla, Elijah B. Garner
  • Patent number: 10548261
    Abstract: A growth information management device and the like with which growth information acquired from a plurality of farm fields can be easily divided or processed in other like manners. A growth information management device 10 generates boundary information on farm field information based on measured growth information 24 that is plant growth information that has been measured, generates independent farm field information 53 sectionalized based on the boundary information, and converts the measured growth information corresponding to the independent farm field information into growth level information 45 that is information indicating a level of growth of a plant and displays the growth level information on a display unit 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Topcon Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tomizawa, Issei Hanya, Shinkai Shu
  • Patent number: 10537055
    Abstract: An agricultural planter row unit has a gauge wheel supported by a gauge wheel arm, to control planting depth. An actuator drives movement of a mechanical stop that bears against a gauge wheel support arm to position the gauge wheel support arm to obtain a desired planting depth. A seed depth control system generates a force estimate indicative of a force to make a planting depth adjustment. The control system automatically controls actuation of the seed depth actuator to exert the estimated force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Valentin Stefan Gresch, Cary S. Hubner, Elijah B. Garner, Christian Waibel
  • Patent number: 10512210
    Abstract: A row unit for an agricultural planter having features for releasably operably coupling a seed meter of the row unit to a seed deposition apparatus of the row unit such as a seed conveyor, seed tube or the like. Apparatus may be used for tipping a seed meter of the hopper for disengagement from the seed deposition apparatus or for biasing the seed deposition apparatus into operative engagement with the seed meter. The row unit includes features such as latches for releasably operably coupling the row unit to crop input and vacuum supply lines. Apparatus may also be used for tipping a seed meter of the hopper for disengagement from the crop input and vacuum supply lines. Systems are used for supplying vacuum and crop inputs to the seed meter via the releasably engageable apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Kent Levy, Jeremy Hodel, Ian Radtke
  • Patent number: 10485155
    Abstract: An agricultural tillage implement including a main frame section having a pull hitch tube extending in a travel direction and a plurality of pivotally coupled wing sections coupled with the main frame section. Each of the plurality of wing sections has at least one pivotal sub-frame. A hydraulic actuator is connected between the wing frame and the sub-frame to urge the sub-frame between an operating position and an elevated transport position. An actuator controller is configured to apply a predetermined force of the sub-frame towards the ground independently of other sub-frames so as to provide a more uniform tillage of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: James W. Henry
  • Patent number: 10481142
    Abstract: A sensor system for determining soil characteristics is disclosed herein. The sensor system includes a ground engaging device for coupling to an agricultural implement. The ground engaging device includes at least one disc member having an aperture and an elongate shaft extending through the aperture. A first sensor unit is arranged on a sensing surface of the disc member and is configured to measure forces acting on the disc member. A second sensor unit is arranged on the elongate shaft and is configured to measure forces acting on the shaft. A processor is communicatively coupled to each of the first and second sensor units. The processor is configured to generate an output signal indicative of a soil characteristic based on the forces measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Rhodes, Nikolai Tevs, Jeffrey S Puhalla
  • Patent number: 10470360
    Abstract: A disc opener unit for an agricultural implement has a down pressure adjustment device that automatically adjusts the amount of down pressure applied on a furrowing disc based on strain measurements taken by a strain gauge or load cell. The strain gauge, which may be mounted to an arm that is used to set the position of a depth setting gauge wheel, provides feedback to a processor that in turn controls the amount of hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic cylinder to adjust the down force applied on the disc. The amount of down pressure is therefore adjusted in substantially real-time in response to changes in field conditions, which improves furrow depth consistency and reduces wear on the gauge wheel and its components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Trevor Kowalchuk, Robin B. Schilling, Jack Turner
  • Patent number: 10462956
    Abstract: A row unit, including a frame with an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion having a parallel linkage, the lower portion having a gauge wheel depth control linkage, the gauge wheel depth control linkage coupled to plural gauge wheels; a first device coupled to the upper portion and configured to provide an adjustable down force; and an electric actuator coupled to the gauge wheel depth control linkage, the electric actuator configured to provide adjustable positioning of the gauge wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin J Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10460881
    Abstract: A method of making a supercapacitor from waste tires, includes the steps of providing rubber pieces and contacting the rubber pieces with a sulfonation bath to produce sulfonated rubber; pyrolyzing the sulfonated rubber to produce a tire-derived carbon composite comprising carbon black embedded in rubber-derived carbon matrix comprising graphitized interface portions; activating the tire-derived carbon composite by contacting the tire-derived carbon composite with a specific surface area-increasing composition to increase the specific surface area of the carbon composite to provide an activated tire-derived carbon composite; and, mixing the activated tire-derived carbon composite with a monomer and polymerizing the monomer to produce a redox-active polymer coated, activated tire-derived carbon composite. The redox-active polymer coated, activated tire-derived carbon composite can be formed into a film. An electrode and a supercapacitor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: UT-Battelle, LLC, Drexel University
    Inventors: Amit K Naskar, Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, Muhammad Boota, Yury Gogotsi
  • Patent number: 10414576
    Abstract: Provided is a dispensing box for a drug-containing ampoule. The dispensing box for the drug-containing ampoule includes a partition member including a partition wall for partitioning a plurality of unit cells in which ampoules are stored, a shutter opening or closing a lower portion of each of the unit cells partitioned by the partition member, a driving unit operating the shutter, a conveyer on which a dropping ampoule is seated when the lower end of each of the unit cells is opened, and a discharge hole defined in an end of the conveyer to dispense the ampoule seated on the conveyer when the conveyer is operated. A drug storage matrix in which the drug-containing ampoule is stored may be provided, and a shutter device for dispensing the drug-containing ampoule may be provided to easily dispense the drug-containing ampoule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10390478
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for determining corrected population based on a meter drive signal. Systems, methods, and apparatus are additionally provided for determining a stability metric based on a meter drive signal. A method for monitoring a seed application rate of a seed planter includes measuring a rotation of a seed disc of a seed meter, measuring a performance value corresponding to the seed meter, and calculating the population value based on the rotation and the meter performance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek Sauder, Phil Baurer, Ryan Allgaier
  • Patent number: 10383275
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and method for monitoring and controlling field operations including planting and harvesting operations. In one embodiment, a data processing system of a machine includes a data transfer and processing module that communicates bi-directionally with different types of controllers and sensors mounted on the machine or an implement attached to the machine. The data transfer and processing module is configured to execute instructions to receive signals from these controllers and sensors, process these signals, and generate data for monitoring and controlling field operations of the machine. At least one display device is coupled to the data transfer and processing module. The at least one display device displays the data for monitoring and controlling field operations of the machine or implement to a user or operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Sauder, Ryan Allgaier, Phil D. Baurer
  • Patent number: 10375879
    Abstract: A soil characteristic sensor is mounted on a soil engaging element of a planting machine. It can be mounted, for instance, on an element that engages the soil before a trench is opened, or after a trench is opened, but before it is closed. It can be mounted on an element that engages the soil in a region of the soil trench, but after the trench is closed. It can be mounted on a scraping element that scrapes a disc, and it can be mounted on wedges or other items that run through the soil, and are carried by shanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Nikolai Tevs, Michael L. Rhodes, Jeffrey S. Puhalla
  • Patent number: 10371814
    Abstract: A soil detection and planting apparatus. The apparatus includes a vehicle and a controller coupled to the vehicle. The apparatus further includes a planting device coupled to the vehicle, the planting device configured to plant seeds or plants into a soil material. The apparatus includes a ground penetrating radar sensor coupled to the vehicle. The ground penetrating radar soil sensor is configured to scan the soil material up to a designated depth beneath a surface of the soil material, wherein the ground penetrating radar soil sensor is further configured to provide a sensor feedback signal to the controller with respect to an intrinsic characteristic of the soil material. The controller is configured to instruct placement of a seed or a plant into the soil material based on the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10322803
    Abstract: A method includes generating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control signal to fly the UAV over a worksite and capture imagery information at different geographic locations. The imagery information is used to generate a tree inventory metric that indicates a tree inventory at the worksite, or is used to generate a productivity metric that identifies a productivity category for a geographic location at the worksite. The method also generates an action signal based on the tree inventory metric or productivity metric, such as an action signal to deploy machines to different geographic location, or an action signal to update a worksite completion metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Flood, Mark J. Cherney, Andrew W. Kahler, Richard Lawler
  • Patent number: 10308116
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for providing implement-based speed control for a work vehicle may include a planter controller provided in operative association with a planter towed by the work vehicle and a vehicle controller provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The planter controller may be configured to access an input associated with at least one predetermined threshold value for an operating parameter of the planter and monitor the operating parameter relative to the predetermined threshold value(s) as the planter is being towed at a current ground speed of the work vehicle. In addition, when the operating parameter differs from the predetermined threshold value(s), the planter controller may be configured to adjust a speed control request transmitted to the vehicle controller to cause the current ground speed of the work vehicle to be automatically increased or decreased between predetermined maximum and minimum speed values set for the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 10285326
    Abstract: A method of sowing watermelon seeds includes seeding triploid watermelon seeds and watermelon pollinizer seeds in separate cells within a seedling tray. The triploid watermelon seeds produce seedless watermelons and the pollinizer seeds produce seeded watermelons. The seeded watermelons are not inherently bred to have reduced competition to plants grown from the triploid watermelon seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seedway, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Mathis
  • Patent number: 10231376
    Abstract: An agricultural planting or seeding implement includes a frame, at least one row unit, one or more imaging devices, and a processor. The at least one row unit includes a seed trench opening assembly extending along an opening line and configured to open a seed trench, a seed deposition assembly configured to deposit a seed in the open seed trench, and a seed trench closing assembly extending along a closing line and configured to close the seed trench. The one or more imaging devices capture images of a field behind the agricultural planting implement as the agricultural planting implement traverses the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Trevor Philip Stanhope, Kevin Michael Smith, Douglas James Rylander
  • Patent number: 10212875
    Abstract: A farm vehicle includes a seat that converts between sitting and kneeling positions. The seat has three cushions: a first one to support a user's chest and head, a second to supports his knees, and a central cushion that pivots transversely between a lowered position and a raised position. In the lower position, the third cushion supports the user's pelvis in the kneeling position. In the raised position, the third cushion forms a sitting part in a sitting position. The slide-way comprises a supporting slide-way that allows translation of the seat in a direction of travel. The seat is mounted on a base that pivots on the slide-way to allow the first, second, and third cushions to pivot about a vertical pivot axis of the farm vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOUTI TERRE
    Inventors: Ivan Lacrouts-Cazenave, Flore Lacrouts-Cazenave
  • Patent number: 10201121
    Abstract: A method for managing agricultural operations by predicting amount of crop or product remaining for a field includes performing agricultural operations on at least a portion of a field using an agricultural machine, sensing data associated with the agricultural operations using sensors associated with the agricultural machine, communicating the data associated with the agricultural operations to a computing device, analyzing the data associated with the agricultural operations performed using the computing device to determine an area prediction for a remaining portion of the field upon which the agricultural operations are to be performed, and using the area prediction for the remaining portion of the field by the computing device to determine a time associated with completing the agricultural operations for the field or an amount of material or other resources associated with completing the agricultural operations for the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ag Leader Technology
    Inventor: David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10154623
    Abstract: A seed metering system, for use on a row crop planter, selects individual seeds from a seed reservoir and dispenses the seeds singularly at a controlled rate. A direct drive seed metering system includes a seed disc having a plurality of suction apertures with a recessed pocket adjacent to an aperture. The recessed pockets act to agitate seeds in the seed reservoir and to direct seed flow towards the apertures. A seed path relief system allows the placement of the seeds such that they are released from an outer edge of the seed disc. An adjustable seed singulator is mounted adjacent to the face of the seed disc where inner and outer blades are adjusted radially to compensate for the singulation of various seed sizes and shapes. The seed disc is driven via engagement of an internal gear with the external gear of an independent drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Kale J. Brockmann
  • Patent number: 10149428
    Abstract: A method for planting multiple types of seed and rapidly switching between the types being planted in a single planting pass of a planting session of row-crop planting that includes a seed meter. The seed meter has a split seed meter reservoir with a pair of seed meter chambers flanked by or next to a pair of seed disks. Activation and deactivation of the seed disks within the seed meter are synchronized to selectively deliver one type of seed from one of the seed meter chambers for delivery out of a single seed tube of the seed meter, which may provide absolute and instantaneous on-the-go seed switching within a single row from each seed meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Keith W. Wendte, Brian T. Adams, Jason T. Czapka
  • Patent number: 10111377
    Abstract: A seed meter drive system includes a clutch having a toolless fastener configured to selectively couple the clutch to a downstream component. The clutch is configured to receive a rotational input via a flexible drive shaft, and to drive the downstream component in rotation while the clutch is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Monte Weller, David Flamme, Scott Long, Marvin Prickel
  • Patent number: 10091926
    Abstract: An agricultural machine includes a force sensor that senses a force characteristic indicative of a force applied by a portion of the agricultural machine to ground. An acceleration sensor also senses accelerations on that portion of the machine, and an applied downforce is corrected for the forces contributed by the sensed acceleration. An action signal is generated to control the agricultural machine based upon the corrected downforce signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Randall A. Maro
  • Patent number: 10028430
    Abstract: An ammonia applicator system includes has adjustable orifices with openings having variable sizes that can be changed remotely, without having to disassemble exit lines from a distribution manifold. In this way, the restriction of the exit lines and, thus, line flow rate can be adjusted remotely and/or automatically, even during ammonia application use. Each adjustable orifice may include a valve and an actuator that controls the valve for changing the size of the opening of the adjustable orifice. The actuator may be a rotary actuator, such as a stepper motor, and the valve may include an adjustment knob and a screw that can rotate to allow a needle to advance or regress through an opening of a valve body of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Mohammad Vakil
  • Patent number: 10028428
    Abstract: A control system and method for automatically determining characteristic for optimum machine performance including a user interface console, a processor and a controller. Data for operation setting and optimization condition is fed into the control system through the user interface console. The processor processes the data by incrementing at least one variable parameter to generate an output data corresponding to each incremented variable parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Stewart J. Moorehead, Charles Conway
  • Patent number: 10023400
    Abstract: An article holding system according to an embodiment is an article holding system which is provided with a fixed portion, a movable portion, a hollow member located between the fixed portion and the movable portion, a drawing portion to draw in the hollow member, and a fluid control device to supply fluid to an inside of the hollow member, wherein the hollow member deforms in a state that the fluid is supplied by the fluid control device, and the hollow member is drawn out from the drawing portion, to change a distance between the fixed portion and the movable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Junya Tanaka, Akihito Ogawa, Hideichi Nakamoto, Atsushi Sugahara, Takafumi Sonoura, Haruna Eto
  • Patent number: 10011965
    Abstract: A fire resistant ground erosion control mat assembly. The mat assembly includes an inner layer of fire resistant milled stone mineral wool material with an upper and a lower layer of supportive nets. Each of the upper and lower nets consist of fire resistant milled mineral foraminous nettings to enable passage of light and water therethrough as a ground positioned emplacement of the inner layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Western Excelsior Corp
    Inventor: Chad M. Lipscomb
  • Patent number: 10006994
    Abstract: A soil detection and planting apparatus. The apparatus includes a vehicle and a controller coupled to the vehicle. The apparatus further includes a planting device coupled to the vehicle, the planting device configured to plant seeds or plants into a soil material. The apparatus includes a ground penetrating radar sensor coupled to the vehicle. The ground penetrating radar soil sensor is configured to scan the soil material up to a designated depth beneath a surface of the soil material, wherein the ground penetrating radar soil sensor is further configured to provide a sensor feedback signal to the controller with respect to an intrinsic characteristic of the soil material. The controller is configured to instruct placement of a seed or a plant into the soil material based on the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9949428
    Abstract: An ammonia applicator system includes adjustable orifices with openings having variable sizes that can be changed remotely, without having to disassemble exit lines from a distribution manifold. In this way, the restriction of the exit lines and, thus, line flow rate can be adjusted remotely and/or automatically, even during ammonia application use. Each adjustable orifice may include a valve and an actuator that controls the valve for changing the size of the opening of the adjustable orifice. The actuator may be a rotary actuator, such as a stepper motor, and the valve may include an adjustment knob and a screw that can rotate to allow a needle to advance or regress through an opening of a valve body of the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: James W. Henry, Mohammad Vakil
  • Patent number: 9901026
    Abstract: A method and system for planting one of a plurality of seed types, hybrids and/or varieties includes a planter with a plurality of row units. The row units include substantially static metering systems, which can include multiple seed meters at a particular row unit. The metering systems including more than one seed meters are configured such that the seed meters will plant a different seed types or varieties. The operation of one or more of the seed meters at a time will provide for the planting of a particular seed variety. When the invention provides for on-the-go changing of a seed being planted by changing the operation of one or more of the seed meters at each of the row units and provides for almost infinite variation among the row units for planting particular seed varieties or not planting at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Kinzenbaw, Merlan J. Rolffs, Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Dustan Hahn, Derrick Becker
  • Patent number: 9796536
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for orientating discrete objects, such as gemstones, is described. The method comprises providing the objects on a travelling path; providing a pair of opposed walls (38) extending generally along the direction of the path; and generating relative oscillatory movement (14) between the pair of walls (38) and the travelling path (in a direction generally transverse to the direction of the path), so that the pair of walls (38) imparts lateral force to the objects to thereby urge them into their most stable orientation as they progress along the path. A device for checking the orientation of the discrete objects is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DE BEERS UK LTD.
    Inventors: Siobhan D'Gama, Maxwell Ralph Willis, Nicholas Matthew Davies, Graham Ralph Powell
  • Patent number: 9629304
    Abstract: An on-the-go monitor and control means and method for an agriculture machines includes on-the-go soil sensors that can be used to control tillage and seeding depth. On seeder implements, the sensors provide information that affects uniform plant emergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ag Leader Technology
    Inventor: Roger R. Zielke
  • Patent number: 9585299
    Abstract: A coulter with a coulter disc for delivering agricultural materials into soil along one direction F of travel, a height measuring apparatus which is located in the region of the coulter disc for measuring a penetration depth Tm of the coulter disc into the soil, a coulter holder for swivelling holding of the coulter disc on a coulter frame and height setting relative to the coulter frame, the penetration depth T of the coulter disc being controllable/adjustable depending on the measured penetration depth Tm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Kverneland AS
    Inventors: Ferdinand Schumacher, Volker Schanzenbach, Michael Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 9562333
    Abstract: A spreader assembly for spreading sand or salt comprised of a molded, double-walled hopper having a bin portion and leg portions. The hopper has an inner wall and an outer wall, wherein the inner wall has a front end section and opposing side sections. The end sections and the side sections define a media-holding chamber within the bin portion of the hopper. The chamber has a generally rectangular upper portion, a funnel-shaped lower portion and a bottom having an opening extending through the bin portion. The funnel-shaped lower portion of the chamber slopes toward the opening. The outer wall of the hopper defines the leg portions, and the leg portions are dimensioned to extend below the opening in the bin portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Buyers Products Company
    Inventors: Philip Sandler, Michael J. Cowett, Timothy Bunsey, Mathew Philpott
  • Patent number: 9532496
    Abstract: A dynamic supplemental downforce control system for a planter row unit. The system includes closed-loop feedback circuit that cooperates with a downforce actuator to dynamically control fluid flow to the downforce actuator to maintain balance between the actual gauge wheel downforce and a desired gauge wheel downforce during planting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Derek A. Sauder, Jeremy J. Hodel
  • Patent number: 9521799
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automating some of the tasks that heretofore required operator action at headland turns or similar events are provided. The present invention automates operation of lift assist wheels and/or gull wings, such as those found on a stack-fold implement, based on the position of the tractor hitch to which the implement is coupled. An operator may control the position of the implement, such as at a headland turn, by raising and lowering the tractor hitch using a remote control. The invention enables the planter to compare the tractor hitch position relative to an implement position and control operation of the implement accordingly without additional user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Tuttle, Tyler Remoue
  • Patent number: 9485900
    Abstract: A plug detection system for an agricultural implement with a ground-engaging tool may include a rotational speed sensor, a ground speed sensing system, and a controller. The rotational speed sensor may be configured to detect a rotational speed of the ground-engaging tool. The ground speed sensing system may be configured to detect a ground speed of the agricultural implement. The controller may be in communication with the rotational speed sensor and the ground speed sensing system and may be configured to determine a threshold rotational speed based on the ground speed and send an alert signal when the rotational speed is below the threshold rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Connell, Noel Wayne Anderson, Robert Thomas Casper
  • Patent number: 9351439
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to turf grass seed mixtures for a low maintenance lawns and uses therof. The lawn established from the specific seed varieties blended in certain proportions as described in the disclosure has a slow growth rate and deep roots and grows well in many regions across North America and elsewhere in the world. Because the lawn requires little watering or fertilizer and is hardy and naturally insect-tolerant, it is safe and environmentally friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Pearl's Premium, Inc.
    Inventor: B. Jackson Madnick
  • Patent number: 9320207
    Abstract: A culture support substrate comprising: a first part, making up the backbone of the substrate and representing more than 70% of the total volume of the substrate, composed of particles P>100 ?m with particle size greater than 100 ?m, the particles as a whole consisting of hard particles PH>100 and/or of resilient particles PR>100, wherein the resilient particles make up a proportion by volume PV of between 0% and 100% by volume of this first part; a second part of corpuscular components P<100 with a particle size of less than 100 ?m, and making up from 0 to 450 g/l of the substrate; a third part, making up from 0 to 200 g/l of the substrate, composed of fine fibers between 3 mm and 100 mm in length and between 5 ?m and 35 ?m in diameter; and a fourth part, making up from 0 to 200 g/l of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: DENDRO CONCEPT
    Inventor: Edmond-Pierre Picard
  • Patent number: 9254009
    Abstract: A circularly knitted upper or lower torso garment, such as a brassiere or brief, and method of forming a circularly knitted brassiere are provided, the garment having a circularly knitted body formed of inner and outer layers, the circularly knitted body having at least one torso or waist band, the inner and outer layers overlapping along a fold line, and an elastomeric band positioned between the inner and outer layers proximate the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D Abbott, Roger D Warren
  • Patent number: 9226442
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for providing seed-specific placement of fluid as seeds are planted by a planter is disclosed. The system may generally include a seed meter configured to dispense seeds into a furrow at a seed frequency and a nozzle assembly configured to spray the seeds dispensed into the furrow. The nozzle assembly may include a valve. In addition, the system may include a controller communicatively coupled to the valve. The controller may be configured to determine the seed frequency of the seed meter based on a speed-related parameter of the planter. The controller may also be configured to control the operation of the valve based on the seed frequency such that a metered amount of fluid is sprayed at least one of on or adjacent to each seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Capstan Ag Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Grimm, Troy C. Kolb
  • Patent number: 9078392
    Abstract: A pneumatic system capable of operating a number of pneumatic operators associated with a plurality of row units attached to a multi-row planting or seeding system or other tow bar arrangement, or the like, and with an ability to modulate or control the adjustment of air pressures, manually and electronically, raise and lower implements and adjust the force exerted by individual implements on the soil associated with each row unit is included. The system can be controlled remotely as from a remote switch or control panel located in the cab of an associated tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: L & B MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Loyd C. Van Buskirk, Dylan C. Van Buskirk, Derek K. Allensworth
  • Publication number: 20150142250
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle platform and system for selectively performing an in-season management task in an agricultural field while self-navigating between rows of planted crops, the autonomous vehicle platform having a vehicle base with a width so dimensioned as to be insertable through the space between two rows of planted crops, the vehicle base having an in-season task management structure configured to perform various tasks, including selectively applying fertilizer, mapping growth zones and seeding cover crop within an agricultural field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kent Cavender-Bares, Joseph B. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20150128834
    Abstract: A planter system includes a planter having an unloading valve and a controller. The unloading valve is fluidly coupled between an inlet and an outlet of a pump. The unloading valve is configured to receive a fluid at a supply pressure, to supply a first portion of the fluid from the inlet to a hydraulic planter system at an unloading pressure less than the supply pressure, and to recirculate a remainder of the fluid to the pump via the outlet. The controller is communicatively coupled to the unloading valve and to the pump. The controller is configured to control the pressure of the fluid supplied to the inlet and to control the unloading pressure of the first portion supplied to the hydraulic planter system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Beck, Jerry L. Brinkley, Jonathan L. Buelow, Darwin L. Steffensen
  • Patent number: 9028199
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle used for positioning sod strips includes a structure for mounting on the vehicle frame and a pushing plate slidably mounted to the structure. The pushing plate is arranged to be abuttable to an edge of a sod strip. A pair of cylinders are operatively mounted between the structure and the pushing plate to slide the pushing plate away from the structure to laterally shift a sod strip to tighten up seams between adjacent sod strips. A pushing frame provides arms that are slidable into base tubes of a base frame and the cylinders are connected between the arms and the base tubes to slide the pushing frame with respect to the base frame. Further cylinders are employed to pivot the base frame, the pushing frame and the pushing plate between deployed and non-deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Lawns Keeper Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Carlson