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  • Patent number: 10412881
    Abstract: A planting system including a plurality of seeding row assemblies, each having components maintained at a controlled elevation. The seeding row assembly includes a tillage row unit controlled to maintain a desired elevation relative to a seeding row unit, the seeding row unit being configured to passively follow the local terrain. Each seeding row assembly can include two position sensors that generate signals corresponding to the elevation of the seeding row unit and the ground engagement attachment, respectively, or a differential position sensor that generates signals corresponding to the difference in the elevations. Various embodiments include a local closed loop controller that adjusts elevation of the tillage row unit relative to the seeding row unit to a desired set point. In some embodiments, the down force of the seeding row unit is actively controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Shane Houck
  • Patent number: 10401254
    Abstract: A method and system for continuous remote monitoring of integrity of pressurized pipelines and properties of fluids transported, the method including: installing plural measurement stations along the pipeline, connected to vibroacoustic sensors configured to simultaneously and continuously measure elastic signals propagating in walls of the pipeline, and acoustic signals propagating in the transported fluid; synchronizing the signals measured from different measurement stations, with absolute time reference; continuously transmitting the measured and synchronized signals to a central unit configured to process them in a multichannel mode; calculating, by the central unit, plural transfer functions that can define vibroacoustic propagation in sections of pipeline between consecutive measurement stations; filtering relevant acoustic and elastic signals from the different measurement stations subtracting the contribution relating to the passive sources; creating an equivalent descriptive model of the system incl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Giunta, Giancarlo Bernasconi
  • Patent number: 10394209
    Abstract: An electric motor addressing system and method for a planter implement receives, at an electronic control unit (ECU), an address claim request from each motor of a plurality of motors coupled to the ECU via a first bus. Each address claim request includes a requested bus address and a binary value corresponding to a pin connector setting associated with a harness connector of the respective motor. The system associates the binary value with a physical address for each motor without reference to the bus address and maps each bus address to the physical address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Goodon, Monte J. Rans, Paul M. Scott
  • Patent number: 10375878
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a plot in a field based on the location of a marker placed in an application prescription map prior to a crop input application operation are disclosed. The plot defines a plot region. The plot region is defined during the crop input application operation based on the marker location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Derek Sauder, Doug Sauder, Phil Baurer, Timothy Sauder
  • Patent number: 10327374
    Abstract: Agricultural devices, row unit adjustment systems, and methods of adjusting a depth of a furrow include an agricultural device that is adapted to plant seeds and includes a frame, a furrow opener coupled to the frame and adapted to cut a furrow including a depth, a sensor adapted to sense a characteristic associated with planting seeds and generate a signal associated with the sensed characteristic, and a processing unit receiving the signal associated with the sensed characteristic. The depth of the furrow is adjustable based on the signal associated with the sensed characteristic. Such characteristic may be a characteristic of the soil, a force applied to the agricultural device, or a position of a portion of the agricultural device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Courtney N. Achen, Marvin Bachman, Vaughan G. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 10264723
    Abstract: A method is proposed for calculation of optimized filling amounts for containers of a machine for application of an agricultural material, in which a path plan is created and a constant or site-specific variable amount of the agricultural material to be applied along the paths for each container provided in the path plan for the individual containers is added up for calculation and output of the amounts to be filled in each case. In addition, an optimized path plan can be calculated for the machine in terms of a balancing of the amounts of agricultural material to be removed from the individual containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Valentin Gresch, Martin Kremmer
  • Patent number: 10070598
    Abstract: An agricultural data collection system may include a plurality of self-powered agricultural data collection devices disposed across an agricultural area. The agricultural data collection system may also include a plurality of self-powered agricultural output devices that control the distribution of one or more agricultural resources across at least a portion of the agricultural area. The plurality of self-powered agricultural data collection devices and the plurality of self-powered agricultural output devices may communicate wirelessly to selectively implement an agricultural management method that uses data collected by the self-powered agricultural data collection devices to provide agricultural resources where needed within localized agricultural areas within a larger agricultural area. At times, the agricultural management method may include an adaptive method that employs machine learning principles to optimize agricultural production within the agricultural area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Sandeep K. Jain
  • Patent number: 9999173
    Abstract: A solution for avoiding errors during the seed-metering process in planters comprises the following: autonomous electricity generation to power a monitoring system; monitoring the seed loading in a seed meter (pre-sensor); monitoring clogging of the seed meter by seeds (post-sensor); monitoring obstructions in the seed duct (post-sensor); processing the monitoring data; transmitting the processed data wirelessly to a central monitoring unit for follow-up and decision-making by an operator. A solution is provided for avoiding errors during the seed-metering process in planters, allowing the operator of the machine to be automatically alerted immediately after the error occurs, and also for permanently monitoring the quality of the planting process by means of a wireless data transmission system powered by an autonomous electric unit, dispensing with external batteries and power cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: José Roberto do Amaral Assy
  • Patent number: 9936631
    Abstract: A seeding machine includes a main frame and a row unit coupled to the main frame. The row unit has a row unit frame and a seed firmer coupled to the row unit frame. The seeding machine also includes a seed detection sensor coupled to the seed firmer. The seed detection sensor is configured to detect seed position within an open furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Cary S. Hubner, Michael Rhodes, Mark Underwood, Elijah B. Garner
  • Patent number: 9934538
    Abstract: Machine sensor inputs are received, and a set of performance metrics are calculated based upon the sensor inputs. The set of performance metrics are stored as a performance target along with one or more additional performance targets. One of the performance targets is retrieved and the machine automatically generates an action signal indicative of machine setting adjustments that can be made in order to control operation of the machine to more closely conform to the retrieved performance target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Timothy S. Hunt
  • Patent number: 9907224
    Abstract: A system to meter multiple agricultural products according to an independently prescribed rate for each in a variable-ratio blend of the agricultural products from a single opener in a plurality of such systems and openers across an applicator such as a drill. Bulk storage compartments associated with the applicator deliver multiple agricultural products to metering assemblies mounted in clusters or pods across the applicator. The agricultural products are fed from the metering assemblies, via a flow re-director, into a manifold, and then into a corresponding single opener having conduits to transport the agricultural product into the soil. Controllers independently regulate metering by the metering assemblies. The flow re-director and manifold provide blending of combinations of the agricultural products for each opener according to a field prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Mark Rosengren, Robert Sydney Ruff, Charles Joseph Schembri, Gordon Blair Wilson
  • Patent number: 9883626
    Abstract: A variable is sensed that is indicative of a performance of a machine. A rate of change of the sensed variable is determined, and a control signal is generated for controlling an agricultural vehicle, based upon the rate of change in the value of the sensed variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brianna L. Heim, Charles T. Graham, James R. Peterson, Donald Landphair, James Z. Liu
  • Patent number: 9869571
    Abstract: A device for detecting mass particles in air flows guided in a pipe, in particular of seeds to be distributed in a seed drill. A sensor element is disposed on the pipe. The sensor element is a piezoelectric element. An impact surface is disposed on the side of the piezoelectric element facing the interior of the pipe. A damping body is arranged on the side of the piezoelectric element facing away from the interior of the pipe. A rigid base body is disposed on the side of the piezoelectric element facing away from the interior of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller-Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Meyer zu Hoberge, Martin Liebich, Ulrich Hilleringmann
  • Patent number: 9863894
    Abstract: Seed sensors that surround the conventional mounting location on existing seed tubes. The seed sensors sense seeds using electromagnetic fields, including RF and microwave fields. In one embodiment, a first seed sensor has a coaxial Fabry-Perot resonant cavity which is formed between two coaxial portions of a conduit that surround the seed tube. Another seed sensor uses a capacitive design. In one embodiment, the driving signals are applied 180 degrees out of phase. The detected phase shift between the reference and reflected signals provides reliable seed counting. Electronics extract the signal from the sensing field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TSI, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Amit V. Itagi, Bernard Wiwel, Russell F. Oberg
  • Patent number: 9814172
    Abstract: An agricultural planter includes systems, methods, and apparatus for providing down force pressure at row units of the planter. The row units may include an electric linear actuator connected to linkages of the row units to provide and maintain a down force pressure for the row unit. The linkage may also be removed and replaced with a strut or like mechanism to apply a direct down force pressure to components of the row unit. One or more sensors can be included to obtain information related to the ground to automatically adjust the amount of down force provided based upon a ground characteristic in order to maintain a substantially uniform furrow depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Courtney N. Achen, Marvin Bachman, Rhett Schildroth, Merlan Rolffs, Michael J. Myers, John Kollman, John P. Mulherin
  • Patent number: 9717178
    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: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Sauder, Ryan Allgaier, Phil D. Baurer
  • Patent number: 9565798
    Abstract: An agricultural product flow sensor and a flow sensor system for delivery tubes in an air seeder is provided. The flow sensor can include a particulate material sensor for sensing agricultural product passing through a delivery tub, a radio node for transmitting and receiving wireless signals and a wireless power source. The sensor system can use the flow sensors by attaching the flow sensors inline with delivery tubes and near a working tool. The flow sensors can monitor the flow of agricultural product through the delivery tube and transmit flow information to a person operating the air seeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: William J. Baker
  • Patent number: 9557278
    Abstract: Seed sensors that surround the conventional mounting location on existing seed tubes. The seed sensors sense seeds using electromagnetic fields, including RF and microwave fields. In one embodiment, a first seed sensor has a coaxial Fabry-Perot resonant cavity which is formed between two coaxial portions of a conduit that surround the seed tube. Another seed sensor uses a capacitive design. In one embodiment, the driving signals are applied 180 degrees out of phase. The detected phase shift between the reference and reflected signals provides reliable seed counting. Electronics extract the signal from the sensing field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TSI INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Amit V. Itagi, Bernard Wiwel, Russell F. Oberg
  • Patent number: 9451741
    Abstract: A vacuum planter exhaust filtration system for preventing seed treatment particles used in seed planting from entering the atmosphere. The vacuum planter exhaust filtration system generally includes an air filter fluidly positioned between the fan and the planting units of the vacuum planter. The air filter removes the particulate material prior to being exhausted into the surrounding environment by the fan. The air filter utilizes cyclonic separation to separate the particulate material from the contaminated air from the planting units. A particle container collects the removed particulate material and allows for environmentally friendly disposal of the particulate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: John M. Kapphahn
  • Patent number: 9267865
    Abstract: A method for detecting particles, for example in an exhaust gas stream of a vehicle in which the exhaust gas stream is guided along a duct, includes using a particle sensor that has at least two electrodes arranged in the duct. The method includes applying a first voltage and a second voltage to the electrodes to produce a first electric field and a second electric field between the electrodes. The method also includes ascertaining a first capacitance value corresponding to the first electric field and a second capacitance value corresponding to the second electric field of a capacitor formed by the electrodes. Information relating to the particles contained in the exhaust gas stream is ascertained from the first capacitance value and the second capacitance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Eckardt
  • Patent number: 8942894
    Abstract: A seeding machine, such as a row crop planter, is described which is adapted to switch between two or more seed varieties as the machine traverses a field. The control system uses a programmed quantity of seed representing a number of seeds in the seed meter that need to be substantially consumed once the flow of a first seed variety is stopped before introducing a second seed variety to minimize seed mixing. The seed quantity can be determined by a calibration process or published from the manufacturer or third parties. The seed quantity can also be part of a seeding prescription that includes assignment of where each seed variety is to be planted in a field. The seed quantity and the distance traveled to empty the meter can be used to optimize the planting operation including the machine direction which can also be part of the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Elijah B. Garner, Charles T. Graham
  • Patent number: 8924092
    Abstract: An agricultural device includes a number of row units that each includes a seed furrow opener that creates a furrow in the soil for seed placement. Each row unit is mounted to a toolbar of the device by a four-bar linkage which allows each row unit to move vertically to adjust to the contour of the soil independently of the other row units on the same toolbar. The four-bar linkages include one or more springs which work to transfer weight from the toolbar to the row unit. An actuator varies the tension in the spring thereby adjusting the down or up force applied to the row unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Courtney N. Achen, Marvin L. Bachman, Vaughan G. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8869718
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system is provided including a fluid conduit configured to provide product to a ground engaging tool. The agricultural implement system also includes an air source fluidly coupled to the fluid conduit, and configured to provide an air flow through the fluid conduit in a downstream direction toward the ground engaging tool. The agricultural implement system further includes a product delivery system fluidly coupled to the fluid conduit, and configured to transfer the product into the air flow. In addition, the agricultural implement system includes a product flow control system configured to determine a mass flow rate of the product based on a pressure drop through the fluid conduit, and to adjust product transfer into the air flow based on the determined mass flow rate of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Pana Binsirawanich, Scott David Noble, Jim Henry
  • Patent number: 8843281
    Abstract: Seed meters, agricultural planters, and methods of planting seed are provided. Such meters, planters, and methods may include a housing defining a chamber, a seed disc rotatably coupled to the housing and at least partially positioned within the chamber with the seed disc adapted to engage a seed, and a sensor for detecting a characteristic of the seed after the seed disengages the seed disc and before the seed exits the seed meter. The sensor may be coupled to a seed chute of the seed meter and may detect a wide variety of seed characteristics such as seed position within the seed chute, seed size, and seed shape. The seed characteristic may be used to adjust operation of the seed meters, agricultural planters, and methods. In some instances, the adjustment may be manual. In other instances, the adjustment may be automatic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wilhelmi, Courtney N. Achen, Marvin L. Bachman
  • Patent number: 8746158
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system is provided including a fluid conduit configured to provide product to a ground engaging tool. The ground engaging tool is configured to deposit the product into soil. The agricultural implement system also includes an air source fluidly coupled to the fluid conduit, and configured to provide an air flow through the fluid conduit in a downstream direction toward the ground engaging tool. The agricultural implement system further includes a product delivery system fluidly coupled to the fluid conduit, and configured to transfer the product into the air flow. In addition, the agricultural implement system includes a product flow measurement system configured to determine a mass flow rate of the product based on a pressure drop between an upstream portion of the fluid conduit and a downstream portion of the fluid conduit, a flow rate of the air flow, and a velocity of the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Pana Binsirawanich, Scott David Noble, Jim Henry
  • Patent number: 8738243
    Abstract: A planter monitor system and method that provides an operator with near real-time data concerning yield robbing events and the economic cost associated with such yield robbing events so as to motivate the operator to take prompt corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Justin L. Koch
  • Patent number: 8677914
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method at a seed drill (1) or a planter for placing seeds (27) in the soil. According to the invention the steps executed are that each seed fed out is detected, its placement site in the soil is determined through detection and at least one compound (26, 28) is placed intermittently at at least one predetermined placement site in relation to the specific placement site of each seed. The invention also refers to a device (4) for execution of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Vaderstad-Verken Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Crister Stark
  • Patent number: 8656848
    Abstract: The seed distribution tower of an air seeder splits a single, primary stream of conveying air and seeds into a plurality of secondary streams for delivery to openers that deposit the seeds into the ground as the seeder advances. As seeds enter the head of the tower in an upward vertical direction through an inlet at the bottom of the head, they are scattered 360° in a horizontal direction by an inverted, overhead distribution cone. The inlet through which the seeds enter the distribution head has an eased configuration to reduce turbulence and promote laminar flow within the head during the dramatic transition from vertical to horizontal movement. Sensitive components such as tram line valves, solenoid actuators, and blockage sensors are protectively housed within the interior of the distribution head to avoid exposure to hostile environmental elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne A. Hubalek, Jacob R. Riffel
  • Patent number: 8631749
    Abstract: A seed sensor for an agricultural planter adapted to be disposed proximate an egress end of a seed tube through which seeds pass during planting operations. The seed sensor capable of generating an output signal corresponding to the passage of seed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Louis Gino Plantamura
  • Patent number: 8600629
    Abstract: A method for compensating for planter shut off delay in a planter includes automatically calculating by an intelligent control associated with the planter, a time delay look-ahead distance based on groundspeed of the planter and a time delay, and a total look-ahead distance based on the time delay look-ahead distance and a distance delay look ahead distance. The method further includes determining by the intelligent control if seeding should be off or on at a point in the field at the total look ahead distance, and sending a signal to a row shutoff device of the planter to control the seeding. A control system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: AG Leader Technology
    Inventor: Roger R. Zielke
  • Patent number: 8448587
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system is provided that includes a row unit configured to deposit seeds within soil. The agricultural implement system also includes a bounce sensor rigidly coupled to the row unit and configured to output a signal indicative of a bounce magnitude, a bounce direction, or a combination thereof, of the row unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Trevor Kowalchuk
  • Patent number: 8448717
    Abstract: An agricultural implement system is provided that includes a down force cylinder configured to apply a downward force to a row unit, a depth control cylinder configured to vary a penetration depth of a ground engaging tool of the row unit, a press wheel cylinder configured to vary contact force between a press wheel and a soil surface, a closing disk cylinder configured to vary contact force between a closing disk and the soil surface, a residue manager cylinder configured to vary contact force between a residue manager and the soil surface, or a combination thereof. The agricultural implement system also includes an electronic control unit configured to automatically regulate a pressure within the cylinders, and a manual backup system configured to facilitate manual pressure adjustment of the cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Adams, Keith W. Wendte
  • Patent number: 8408149
    Abstract: A ground working machine having a frame, a ground engaging wheel mounted to the frame and movable between a raised position not engaging the ground and a working position engaging the ground. The ground engaging wheel, when in the working position, rotating about a wheel axis as the machine is moved over the ground. An actuator raises and lowers the ground engaging wheels. A control system includes a sensor to detect rotation of the ground engaging wheel and a controller that receives an input from the sensor. The controller commands the actuator to raise the ground engaging wheel when the sensor detects that the ground engaging wheel is not rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: David J. Rylander
  • Patent number: 8408478
    Abstract: A product distributing apparatus is described as well as a system and method of automatically calibrating the meter of the apparatus which does not require the operator to leave the operator station of the towing vehicle. One application of such an apparatus and method is in an agricultural air seeder and it is in this context that the apparatus is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Grant J. Wonderlich
  • Patent number: 8386137
    Abstract: A planter monitor system and method that provides an operator with near real-time data concerning yield robbing events and the economic cost associated with such yield robbing events so as to motivate the operator to take prompt corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Precision Planting LLC
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Justin L. Koch
  • Patent number: 8326500
    Abstract: A row unit of a planter or other agricultural machine having ground engaging wheels is equipped with a rotation sensor to determine if and when a wheel stops rotating. An alert is issued by a monitor to the operator so that corrective action can be taken. Further, further the monitor also determines when the machine is in use depositing an input versus turning at the end of the rows so that the rotation sensors to not generate an alert when the machine is not in use delivering an input to the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan A Mariman, Paul R. Riewerts
  • Patent number: 8271164
    Abstract: The invention provides a guidance system for guiding a towed agricultural implement such as seeders, planters, sprayers and the like, along a preferred path between rows of growing crop or standing stubble by sensing the rows of growing crop or standing stubble with a uniquely designed paddle-like sensor means which does not engage the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: One Pass Implements Inc.
    Inventors: Barry K. Melanson, Bruce W. Wilton, David R. Duke, Ross L. Filpula, Patrick M. Beaujot
  • Patent number: 8074586
    Abstract: A seed delivery apparatus has a moving member that captures and entraps the seed from the seed meter and physically moves the seed from the meter to the lower outlet opening. In so doing, the seed engages and travels along an interior surface of the seed delivery apparatus. A seed sensor is mounted on the housing wall such that the seed passes directly in front of the sensor. The sensor has both the light emitting devices and the photo-sensitive elements on the same wall of the delivery apparatus, or on two opposed walls. The moving member prevents ambient light, dust and dirt from entering the housing and impacting the sensor output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Elijah Garner, Michael E. Friestad, Nathan A. Mariman, David J. Rylander, Daniel B. Thiemke, James Z. Liu, Nikolai R. Tevs
  • Patent number: 8078367
    Abstract: A planter monitor system and method that provides an operator with near real-time data concerning yield robbing events and the economic cost associated with such yield robbing events so as to motivate the operator to take prompt corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Precision Planting, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg A. Sauder, Justin L. Koch
  • Patent number: 7938075
    Abstract: An automated seed detection and planting synchronization apparatus, method and system is disclosed. The invention includes a seed detection protocol configured to monitor a derived metric equated to timing of movement of a seed carried by a seed metering unit from a seed pick-up to seed drop point. For controlling synchronization of planting of seed, a seed metering unit empty notification signal is provided if the derived metric is satisfied and sensor readings confirm the absence of seed in the seed metering unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew K. Glendenning, Daniel M. Goldman, David E. Johnson, Jason J. Kelsick, David C. Smith
  • Patent number: 7938074
    Abstract: A pressure sensing system for a seeding machine such as a planter to measure the down force on a planter row unit uses a wireless pressure sensor embedded in a load carrying wheel of the row unit. In a preferred embodiment, the pressure sensor is a passive piezoelectric pressure sensor that is a transmitter only, transmitting both pressure and RFID the information that identifies the particular sensor. Multiple sensors may be employed in each wheel and sensors may be employed in more than one wheel of the row unit, such as the gauge wheels on opposite sides of the trench opening disks. The sensors may be made of a PVDF, a known piezoelectric material. A wireless receiver is located on the planter frame or could be located elsewhere to receive the signals from the pressure sensor. A controller determines from the signal, any change in down force and commands the change to a down force generator on the row unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: James Z. Liu
  • Patent number: 7765944
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Digi-Star, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7694638
    Abstract: A liquid metering system for an agricultural implement is modular, having individual metering pumps for each crop row. The pumps are individually controlled for precise application of the liquid input and are preferable electrically driven. A common pump is used, making the system modular in that varying sizes of implements can be produced by varying the number of pumps. A common supply line is used to supply a liquid input from a reservoir to the pumps. Each pump is connected to the common supply line. By connecting each pump to the common supply line, the difficulty of routing individual hoses from a central pump to each row unit are overcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Paul R. Riewerts, Sylvia Ann Wilson
  • Patent number: 7669538
    Abstract: An air velocity indicator and control device is provided for use with pneumatic distribution systems used in air seeders that pneumatically discharge agricultural product to the ground, seedbed, or furrow. The air velocity indicator and control device includes a tubular housing, extending between an inlet and an outlet, and pivotally housing a deflectable plate that actuates in response to encountering an airflow entrained with agricultural product. A magnitude of deflection of the deflectable plate, corresponding to airflow velocity, can be displayed through an indicator assembly. This enables a user to identify velocity variances and differentials within the air seeder and make corrective adjustments. In some implementations, multiple air velocity indicator and control devices are ganged together with deflectable plates that pivot in unison with each other. The relative angle of fixation of the deflectable plates, upon the pivot pin, can be adjusted to permit airflow tuning as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Russell J. Memory, Blake R. Neudorf
  • Patent number: 7614353
    Abstract: A sowing device having a travelling framework (2) is described, which comprises a storage roll (3) for a seed strip (4) equipped with individual grains (5) of a seed, and an unwinding unit (6) for the seed strip (4) drivable as a function of the travel distance. To ensure a precise deposit of the seed grains (5), it is suggested that a sensor (15) for the individual grains (5) in the seed strip (4) be provided in the area of the seed strip section (14) between the unwinding unit (6) and a ground-proximal deflection roll (8), and a control unit (16), connected on one hand to the sensor (15) and on the other hand to a travel distance encoder (18), activate the drive (17) of the unwinding unit (6) as a function of the difference between the actual location of the seed grains (5) detected by the sensor (15) and a setpoint location predefinable with the aid of the travel distance encoder (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Wintersteiger AG
    Inventors: Josef Hainzl, Christian Stiegler, Franz Spiesberger, Andreas Egger, Franz Diermaier, Walter Dullinger
  • Patent number: 7555990
    Abstract: A seeding apparatus having a distribution manifold with selectively openable outlet ports thereon, to permit or stop delivery of seed or fertilizer to soil A meter device, responsive to both the number of selected open ports and the speed of the apparatus over the ground, is provided to regulate supply of seed/fertilizer to a distribution manifold. The distribution manifold has a plurality of outlet ports spaced about a periphery of such manifold, each outlet port having a valve to allow opening and closing of individual outlet ports. Soil engaging members on such apparatus are individually raisable from an lowered operative position to a raised inoperative position, and when moved to such inoperative position, valve associated with an outlet port for providing seed and/or fertilizer to such soil engaging member is closed to prevent supply to the associated soil engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: One Pass Implements Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick M. Beaujot
  • Patent number: 7547852
    Abstract: A hydraulic scale for planter calibration is disclosed. The hydraulic scale includes a tube having indicia disposed thereon. The tube has a substantially closed bottom and a substantially open top. The indicia disposed on the tube include at least one scale having a zero line. The tube is configured to float substantially upright when positioned in a liquid, such that the zero line is substantially aligned with the surface of the liquid. A non-zero line portion of the scale is configured to align with the surface of the liquid when at least one of seeds and feed are placed within the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Maximo Sallovitz
  • Patent number: 7523710
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved grain drill and a method retrofitting a previously manufactured grain drill to provide accurate weight determination of seed in a seed hopper of the grain drill. A grain drill in accordance with the invention includes a frame having a plurality of wheels for supporting the grain drill during rolling over a surface of ground to be planted with seed grain; a hopper for containing the seed grain to be planted in the ground; a support which is joined to opposed sides of the frame and to spaced apart locations of the hopper to transfer weight of the hopper to the frame, the support including at least one weight sensing device which senses a weight of seed grain in the hopper transferred through the support to the frame and provides an output of the sensed weight of the seed grain in the hopper; and a display, coupled to the output, for displaying the weight of the seed grain contained in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: David E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7490565
    Abstract: A seeding apparatus comprising: (a seed distribution metering means including a rotating d drum with apertures on its periphery and a vacuum generator for generating a suction pressure inside the drum so that seeds are attracted to the apertures; (b) feeding system including a hopper, gravitational acceleration chamber, velocity controlling elements such as a flap and continuous belts for feeding seeds at a required amount and speed to the drum; (c) release mechanisms including an air-jet for releasing metered seeds from the drum along a selected trajectory while unselected seeds follow another trajectory, delivery device including an adjustable flow venturi and electronic sensor for controlling delivery of metered seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: John Holly
  • Patent number: RE43772
    Abstract: A seed tube for an agricultural seeding machine includes a side wall having at least a portion thereof formed from a transparent material. A sensor includes a transmitter which is positioned adjacent an outside of the side wall, and operates through the transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan A. Mariman, Mark S. Sommer, Donna R. Sommer, legal representative, James R. Peterson, Donald K. Landphair, William G. Bultinck