Seed Tape Or Mat, Method Or Apparatus Patents (Class 47/56)
  • Patent number: 10577802
    Abstract: The present application relates to a roof-greening grass carpet, a cultivation method thereof, and a method for one-step establishment of a turf using the same. Wherein the roof-greening grass carpet comprises a first filtering cotton layer, a moisturizing cotton layer, a second filtering cotton layer and a planting layer; the first filtering cotton layer, the moisturizing cotton layer, the second filtering cotton layer and the planting layer are arranged one after the other from the bottom up; a thickness of the first filtering cotton layer ranges from 0.8 mm to 5 mm; a thickness of the moisturizing cotton layer ranges from 3 mm to 10 mm; and a thickness of the second filtering cotton layer ranges from 0.8 mm to 5 mm; roots in the planting layer run through the second filtering cotton layer, and further root into the moisturizing cotton layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dongguan Vanke Building Technique Research Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yun Wang, Yu Shi, Changhan Li, Xingzhao Liu
  • Patent number: 10513809
    Abstract: A novel nonwoven material for use as underlayment in landscaping is disclosed. The inventive method comprises creating a layered nonwoven material, identifying a landscaping location for receiving a portion of said layered nonwoven material; preparing a landscaping location; placing a portion of said layered nonwoven material on said landscaping location. The method may further comprise measuring a portion of said landscaping location; measuring a portion of said layered nonwoven material; comprise cutting one or more desired shapes from a portion of said layered nonwoven material; and securing a portion of said layered nonwoven material to said landscaping location by pushing one or more landscaping pins through said layered nonwoven material and into a portion of ground underneath said layered nonwoven material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Novum Microfiber Corp.
    Inventor: Bobby Shokar
  • Patent number: 10470377
    Abstract: A growing trough is provided. The growing trough comprises a fabric bottom, a fabric outer wall, and a fabric partition. The fabric outer wall extends upward from the peripheral edge of the fabric bottom. The fabric partition is attached only at opposed edges thereof to the fabric outer wall preventing buckling of the fabric outer wall and equal load distribution when growing media is dumped into the growing trough. The fabric is a porous fabric that catches plant roots and directs the roots into the growing trough thereby preventing root circulation and inducing root branching within the growing trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: High Caliper Growing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt E. Reiger
  • Patent number: 10426107
    Abstract: The instant invention describes a grow bag with a dosing irrigation tube inserted within the inner cavity of the grow bag for controllable dispersant of plant nutrients therein. The system comprises a top panel and a bottom panel secured to a plurality of side walls to form an inner cavity. Attached to the top panel is a dosing irrigation tube or pipe constructed and arranged to traverse the length of the bag and have a first and second end that is external to the inner cavity. Housed within the inner cavity of the bag is plant growth material for providing support and nutrients for the growth of one or more plant species. The invention also describes a system of two or more grow bags with a dosing irrigation tube coupled together and arranged in a variety of conjurations, including horizontally or vertically in a linear fashion or non-linear fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Jardin Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Lee C. Jones, David Carson
  • Patent number: 10278335
    Abstract: A growing trough is provided. The growing trough comprises a fabric bottom, a fabric outer wall, and a fabric partition. The fabric outer wall extends upward from the peripheral edge of the fabric bottom. The fabric partition is attached only at opposed edges thereof to the fabric outer wall preventing buckling of the fabric outer wall and equal load distribution when growing media is dumped into the growing trough. The fabric is a porous fabric that catches plant roots and directs the roots into the growing trough thereby preventing root circulation and inducing root branching within the growing trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: High Caliper Growing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt E. Reiger
  • Patent number: 10221536
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system comprising: a first tubular mesh enclosure having a first opposing pair of ends, at least one of said first opposing pair of ends sealed; a first filling surrounded by said first tubular mesh enclosure; a first geogrid wrapped at least partially around said first tubular mesh enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CONWED PLASTIC ACQUISITION COMPANY V LLC
    Inventor: Rodney W. Tyler
  • Patent number: 10143143
    Abstract: A method of revegetating a forest is provided, including the steps of: collecting a volume of forest floor material; wetting the volume of material with a wetting agent; compressing the wetted forest floor material; freezing the compressed forest floor material; separating the frozen forest floor material into a plurality of smaller pieces; storing the frozen pieces in a frozen environment; and distributing at least a portion of the pieces on land to be revegetated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Vertex Professional Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Dean MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 10085386
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing a plant receptacle wherein the following steps are performed: •a) providing a mixture of fibers, said mixture at least comprising PLA fibers and a bio-degradable fiber; •b) using said mixture of fibers in a woven or non-woven process, making a permeable sheet material; •c) continuously forming said sheet material into a continuous receptacle, by bringing the side edges of said sheet material into contact and welding said side edges together; •d) cutting said continuous receptacle in predetermined lengths thereby creating separate plant receptacles or wherein said continuous receptacle is perforated substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the continuous receptacle at predetermined intervals, thereby allowing separate plant receptacles to be detached from the continuous receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ELLEGAARD HOLDINGS A/S
    Inventors: Merethe Ellegaard, Carsten Storgaard
  • Patent number: 10064343
    Abstract: A submersible foliage planter includes a growing medium; and a container including an inner pouch of fine porous material which encloses the growing medium therein and an outer pouch of course porous material which encloses the inner pouch therein, wherein the coarse porous material has an average pore size larger than that of the fine porous material, the fine porous material and course porous material are permeable by water and by a root system of an aquatic plant, and the course porous material is water insoluble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Mark V. Brown
  • Patent number: 9949444
    Abstract: A pre-vegetated vegetation element for greening artificial or natural surfaces is provided which retains sufficient strength over a prolonged period of time and which is bio-compostable at the end of the lifetime of the vegetation element includes a three-dimensional entangled mat of extruded filaments having an open space of at least 50%, a two-dimensional material layer, oriented plane parallel to the three-dimensional entangled mat of extruded filaments and connected to the three-dimensional entangled mat of extruded filaments, wherein the three-dimensional entangled mat of extruded filaments is filled with a substrate and a vegetation is grown on it to form a pre-vegetated vegetation mat, wherein the three-dimensional entangled mat of extruded filaments and the two-dimensional material layer include synthetic polymeric material selected such that the pre-vegetated vegetation element is bio-compostable according to EN 13432.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: XF Technologies B.V.
    Inventor: Karl Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 9945090
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system comprising: a first tubular mesh enclosure having a first opposing pair of ends, at least one of said first opposing pair of ends sealed; a first filling surrounded by said first tubular mesh enclosure; a first geogrid wrapped at least partially around said first tubular mesh enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Conwed Plastics Acquisition Company V LLC
    Inventor: Rodney W. Tyler
  • Patent number: 9622425
    Abstract: A plant growing device includes an envelope made of a vacuum formed film and having substantially planar first and second walls interconnected by a surrounding wall. A plant growing medium is enclosed by the envelope. The first and second walls each has a plurality of micro-holes, and a network of interconnected ribs that are indented from an outer surface of the first or second wall to define a plurality of flow guide channels. The second wall further has openings to receive plants. The first wall further has drain holes. The envelope has high air permeability due to the micro-holes while still possessing a relative high strength due to the network of ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Chen-Cheng Huang, Pao-Hao Huang, Pao-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 9521803
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: RAYPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, James Carides, Tommy W. Gill, Steve Posey
  • Patent number: 9363940
    Abstract: A method of forming a plantable structure involves providing a substrate element, a release layer spaced from the substrate element, an adhesive layer disposed between the substrate element and the release layer, and at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer. The seed(s) is/are coupled to the substrate element through the adhesive layer. The method further comprises removing the release layer from the composite article, and adhering a remaining portion of the composite article to a secondary article. The remaining portion of the secondary article comprises the substrate element, the adhesive layer disposed on the substrate element, and the seed(s) abutting the adhesive layer. Also disclosed herein are a method of planting at least one seed with a composite article, a packaging structure, a method of forming a packaging structure, and a method of planting at least one seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Kennedy, David Stewart, Maura Galligan
  • Patent number: 9339583
    Abstract: A biocompatible tissue-bonding adhesive composition having a polyol of functionality N. The polyol being terminated has at least one polyisocyanate in solution with at least (N?1)% of the solution having free polyisocyanate. N may be in the range 1.5-8. The polyol may be a branched polypropylene/polyethylene oxide copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Promethean Surgical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Michael T. Milbocker
  • Patent number: 9326451
    Abstract: The disclosure provides compositions and methods to improve seeding success. In an exemplary embodiment the compositions and methods disclosed herein are used to improve seeding success in rangeland areas. However, the compositions and methods are useful to improve seeding success in any environment where seeding is difficult. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides a “seed pillow”, a multifunctional seed treatment that mitigates the limiting factors controlling seedling establishment. In one embodiment, the seed pillow comprises a pillow-shaped agglomeration of absorbent earth materials and other additives, with seeds attached within a concave well on the underneath side of the pillow. To increase the probability that the seeds will be covered by the pillow, soil and tackifier are placed with the seeds for increased weight on the seed side of the pillow, and to glue the pillow to the soil. The shape of the pillow is also designed to improve coverage by having a flat bottom and convex top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Matthew D Madsen, Anthony J Svejcar
  • Patent number: 9220190
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9167743
    Abstract: A greening roll includes water-temperature-light controlling part, root growing part, water/root regulating part and seed-stacking part which is located in the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part is located on the top surface of the greening roll, the water/root regulating part is located on the lower surface of the greening roll, the root growing part is located in the cavity composed by the water-temperature-light controlling part and the water/root regulating part, and the seed-stacking part is located in the cavity of the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part further includes top-located irradiation reflecting part, temperature-water regulating part, light-preventing part and seed-stacking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Shaocai Li, Hailong Sun, Feng Long, Fubin Li
  • Patent number: 9045379
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides materials and methodology for growing plants, such as small fruit plants. For example, and in one embodiment, agricultural by-products, such as nut shells, could be used as or in a plant growth medium for growing a strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and/or black-raspberry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: PLANT SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Douglas Nelson, Michael Dean Nelson, Daniel Steven Nelson, David Johnston
  • Patent number: 8997399
    Abstract: Vegetative systems are described. In one embodiment, a vegetative system has substantially distinct or separate zones or layers in which each zone or layer performs primarily one of the functions of water retention, a growth medium for vegetation, and weed suppression. An upper may comprise coarse aggregate and serve the primary function of weed suppression; a middle layer may comprise a mixture of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, and fine organic material and serve primarily as a growth medium for vegetation; and a lower layer may comprise high-density hygroscopic material and serve the primary function of water retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Furbish Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Jacob Eiben, Michael D. Furbish, Brad Collier Garner
  • Publication number: 20140298720
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20140290133
    Abstract: A seed mat for placement on a growing medium, such as soil. The seed mat includes a biodegradable mat having at least one hole, and a seed that is placed in the hole. The seed is encapsulated in the hole between top and bottom biodegradable sheets that are adhered to the top and bottom surfaces of the mat. An adhesive is used to adhere the top and bottom sheets to the mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Seamates, LLC
    Inventor: Kathie Lynn Seacord
  • Publication number: 20140250780
    Abstract: A removable support surface has knitted loops of yarn, and has piles extending from the knitted yarn to form an artificial turf, or to form a hybrid turf when combined with natural grass which grows between the knitted yarn. The piles may be hollow to retain liquid, and the dimensions of the yarn and the piles may be adjusted during fabrication. The removable support surface is fabricated by warp knitting, and the piles may be bent to have a crimped configuration. When used in a bunker with sand, the crimped configuration prevents sand from migrating. The removable support surface may also be placed on a seeded mat, on a dirt layer, or on existing natural grass. The removable support surface may be composed of biodegradable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Hyo-Sang Lee, Sang Cheol Kim
  • Publication number: 20140202075
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Raypress Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. RAY, III, Robert J. ALDEN, James CARIDES, Tommy W. GILL, Steve POSEY
  • Publication number: 20140182199
    Abstract: The invention provides a multiple density growth substrate product (1) formed of a coherent matrix of man-made vitreous fibres (MMVF) bonded with binder, having an upper surface (2) provided with a recess (3) adapted to receive a seed or seedling and an opposite lower surface (4) on which the product rests when in use, the product being formed of at least two layers including an upper layer (5) positioned at the upper surface and having a first density and a lower layer (6) positioned at the opposite lower surface and having a second density, wherein the first density is less than the second density by at least 5 kg/m3 and wherein the loss on ignition (LOI) in the upper layer is at least 3.5 wt %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Eelke Gjalt Hempenius, Frank Hendrikus Peter Janssen, Jean Marie Wilhelmus Cuypers
  • Patent number: 8726566
    Abstract: A seed label which can be removably affixed to a package includes a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and the clear film layer. The label layer may be made of biodegradable material and may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer can be formed of a water-based adhesive. The seed label can be placed in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and the clear film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Raypress Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, Tommy Wayne Gill, Steve Posey, James J. Carides
  • Patent number: 8728596
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and claimed inventive concept(s) relates generally to packaging materials for packaging articles. The packaging materials may include a substratum with a printed pattern disposed thereon that provides a grass-like appearance, and/or the packaging materials may include a plurality of individual strips, strands, or units of material bondably connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8726565
    Abstract: A sheet mulch assembly includes a sheet mulch; an irrigation conduit attached to and carried by the sheet mulch; and at least one carrier substrate coupled with the conduit. Each carrier substrate carries at least one seed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael John McGrady, William Adak Ratzburg
  • Publication number: 20140130408
    Abstract: A seed mat utilizing coir fiber (base or bottom) with a second layer of coir pith particles adhesive, and seeds and possible nutrients (top), the coir pith has a compression of 5:1, the coir fiber layer and adhesive holds the seed and coir pith mixture in place for significant reduction of run off and also adds moisture retention allowing for faster and more successful germination and turf establishment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Charles R. Fagin, Kevin Rogers
  • Publication number: 20140059926
    Abstract: A greening roll includes water-temperature-light controlling part, root growing part, water/root regulating part and seed-stacking part which is located in the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part is located on the top surface of the greening roll, the water/root regulating part is located on the lower surface of the greening roll, the root growing part is located in the cavity composed by the water-temperature-light controlling part and the water/root regulating part, and the seed-stacking part is located in the cavity of the water-temperature-light controlling part. The water-temperature-light controlling part further includes top-located irradiation reflecting part, temperature-water regulating part, light-preventing part and seed-stacking cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Shaocai Li, Hailong Sun, Feng Long, Fubin Li
  • Publication number: 20130269248
    Abstract: A method of forming a plantable structure involves providing a substrate element, a release layer spaced from the substrate element, an adhesive layer disposed between the substrate element and the release layer, and at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer. The seed(s) is/are coupled to the substrate element through the adhesive layer. The method further comprises removing the release layer from the composite article, and adhering a remaining portion of the composite article to a secondary article. The remaining portion of the secondary article comprises the substrate element, the adhesive layer disposed on the substrate element, and the seed(s) abutting the adhesive layer. Also disclosed herein are a method of planting at least one seed with a composite article, a packaging structure, a method of forming a packaging structure, and a method of planting at least one seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory Kennedy, David Stewart, Maura Galligan
  • Patent number: 8544207
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for growing plants (P) hydroponically includes a plant substrate material (52, 54, 56) comprising activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers with or without additional, non-carbonated, non-activated cellulosic fibers. The activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers with or without the additional, non-carbonated, non-activated cellulosic fibers are usable in bulk or manufactured into slabs (56) or other configurations by any of a variety of non-woven, woven, molding, or other techniques. The activated carbon and/or carbonized fibers are made from cellulosic or synthetic carbon fibers, for example, bamboo fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Euteq LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. King, Martin A. King
  • Publication number: 20130192133
    Abstract: A soilless rooting system comprising an elongated holder having a first portion and a second portion extending the length of the holder. The first and second portions comprise a material that permits roots from a vegetative cutting to grow there through. The invention further relates to the use of said rooting system. The invention also relates to a method of rooting of vegetative cuttings. The invention also relates to an assembly comprising said rooting system a plant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: ROOTINGTAPE B.V.
    Inventor: Bernard Chodyla
  • Publication number: 20130192134
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for the selection and removal of seeds from containers and placement of the seeds on a seed tape. The systems include a seed extraction assembly and a seed tape assembly. The seed extraction assembly is configured to extract individual seeds from a tray and place the seeds within an accumulator. The accumulator is disposed in the extraction assembly and is rotatable within the assembly. The seed tape assembly is configured to place the seed disposed in the accumulator onto the seed tape. The method includes the steps of using the seed extraction assembly to extract seeds from the tray and place them within the accumulator. The seed tape assembly is then used to place the seed disposed in the accumulator onto the seed tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, Travis Frey, Marcus McNabnay, Brian Jacob Forinash, Charles Larry Badino
  • Publication number: 20130192135
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for the selection of individual seeds from a plurality of seeds and placement on a seed tape. The system includes a seed extraction assembly, a distribution manifold, and a tamping assembly. The seed extraction assembly is configured to extract selected individual seeds from a tray, the seed extraction assembly movably attached to a frame. The distribution manifold has a plurality of queues and each of the plurality of queues has a plurality of reservoirs for receiving the selected individual seeds. Each queue has a tube in selective communication with the plurality of reservoirs for the transfer of the selected individual seed from the reservoir to the tube. The tamping assembly is configured to place the selected individual seed disposed in each of the tubes onto a defined location on the seed tape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, Brian Jacob Forinash, Travis Frey, Marcus McNabnay, Charles Larry Badino, Andrew M. Singleton
  • Publication number: 20130185995
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a substrate element with a first cover element spaced from the substrate element. A second cover element is disposed between the first cover element and the substrate element. A first adhesive layer is disposed between the first and second cover elements, where the first adhesive layer is configured to adhere the first cover element to the second cover element. A second adhesive layer is disposed between the second cover element and the substrate element, where the second adhesive layer is configured to adhere the second cover element to the substrate element. At least one seed abuts the first adhesive layer. The first cover layer is configured to be separated from the first adhesive layer thereby exposing at least a portion of the seed(s). Also disclosed are a method of forming a composite article, and a method of planting a seed with a composite article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • Patent number: 8484889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seed sticker for seeding and planting flowers or sprouts easily and quickly in a small vessel or in a flower garden and a manufacturing method thereof. The present invention is characterized by a seed sticker, inside of which a seed is enshrined, comprising: a transfer paper wherein a coating layer is formed on the surface of the transfer paper; an adhesive layer which is formed on the surface of the coating layer; a seed pellet which is enshrined on the surface of the adhesive layer; a red clay soil sheet accumulated over the upper part of the seed pellet; and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sheet accumulated over the upper part of the red clay soil sheet and covering both the seed pellet and the red clay soil sheet, and the edge of which is bonded to the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: OMICSIS, Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Ha Woo, Jung Min Seo
  • Publication number: 20130167436
    Abstract: A plant propagating device for propagating plants in one or more rows features a flexible, biodegradable, tubular casing having a longitudinal axis, and a plurality of deposits disposed at spaced apart intervals along the longitudinal axis of the tubular casing, each deposit comprising plant propagation material and at least one of fertilizer and soil. The tubular casing is fastened closed between each adjacent pair of the deposits to separate the deposits into respective pouches spaced along the longitudinal axis of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Todd B. Chornoby
  • Patent number: 8381438
    Abstract: The present invention relates the methods, compositions and devices for priming of plant seed, preferably seed of crop plants, and seeds obtained with the methods, compositions and devices, wherein the metabolic activity necessary for germination of the seed is not controlled by water but rather by the partial oxygen pressure and/or partial carbon dioxide pressure. In the methods of the invention, the partial oxygen or carbon dioxide pressure may be measured by oxygen/carbon dioxide sensitive fluorescent dye. The invention further relates to processes for producing a primed seed lot of a plant species and to a container comprising primed seed under an atmosphere with a partial oxygen pressure that is below the critical oxygen pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fytagoras
    Inventors: Albert Van Duijn, Johan Van Asbrouck
  • Patent number: 8286387
    Abstract: An apparatuses, methods and systems for creating, handling and collecting seed portions are highly beneficial. The apparatus includes a carrier having one or more carrying positions adapted to carry a seed. The carrying positions having a seed orienter adapted to orient the seed relative to the carrying position in the carrier for creating seed portions therefrom. The method includes taking a carrier having one or more carrying positions, orienting a seed relative to the carrying position in the carrier, ablating the seed with a seed ablation device, and communicating seed portions through a manifold into a compartment layer. The system includes a seed manifold adapted to dock thereon a seed carrier having pre-positioned and pre-oriented seed therein. Seed and seed portions removed from the seed in the carrier are communicated into a collector and compartment layer respectively using the seed manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Michael Becker, Jason Cope, David Kurth, Joshua L. Mongan, Bruce E. Cadwell
  • Publication number: 20120255880
    Abstract: A container liner comprising a backing, a porous covering, a seed carrier interposed between the backing and the covering, and a plurality of seeds embedded in the seed carrier such that upon germination the seeds will sprout through the porous covering to form a soft, natural, protective cushion for objects, such as candies or Easter eggs. The container liner is sufficiently flexible so that the container liner can be easily manipulated to substantially conform to the interior contour of a container, such as a decorative basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8225546
    Abstract: To realize a root-preventing sheet with outstanding shape maintaining properties while being thin and light that even when affixed has no wrinkles, is difficult to tear, has excellent applicability, durability and adhesiveness and demonstrates definite root-preventing effects at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tajima Ryokka Incorporated
    Inventors: Kunio Tajima, Toru Kojima, Akihiro Sakamoto, Yoshiaki Gotou
  • Publication number: 20120036772
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a composite article including at least one seed for planting and a method of forming the composite article. The composite article includes a substrate element and a cover element spaced from the substrate element. An adhesive layer is disposed between the substrate element and the cover element for coupling the substrate element and the cover element to one another. The composite article further includes at least one seed abutting the adhesive layer and disposed between the substrate element and the cover element. The cover element is configured to be separated from the adhesive layer for exposing at least a portion of the seed. The present disclosure also provides a method of forming the composite article and a method of planting the seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: UFP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20120011770
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a seed sticker for seeding and planting flowers or sprouts easily and quickly in a small vessel such as a pot at home or in a flower garden and a manufacturing method thereof. The present invention is characterized by a seed sticker inside of which a seed is enshrined comprising: a transfer paper 10 wherein a coating layer 11 is formed on the surface of the transfer paper; an adhesive layer 20 which is formed on the surface of the coating layer 11; a seed pellet 30 which is enshrined on the surface of the adhesive layer 20; a red clay soil sheet 40 which is accumulated over the upper part of the seed pellet 30; and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) sheet which is accumulated over the upper part of the red clay soil sheet 40 and covers both the seed pellet and the red clay soil sheet and the edge of which is bonded to the adhesive layer 30. It is possible to cultivate a desired kind of plant into desired forms by producing the seeds in a sticker form as disclosed above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Omicsis, Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Ha Woo, Jung Min Seo
  • Patent number: 8082692
    Abstract: An improvement in a method of propagating, and an article useful in association with, or produced by, the method of propagating. Plants are produced in mats by steps including: providing a bottom net made of a material that is pervious to moisture, positioning a sheet of a fabric, depositing a layer of planting medium on said fabric, spreading viable wildflower seed over said medium, moistening said medium and said seeds, germinating seeds in the medium, such that roots of seedlings from said seeds intermesh with the fabric forming a sod mat; wherein the bottom net is sufficiently pervious to permit essentially unimpeded root contact with earth below the bottom net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jerome Skuba
  • Publication number: 20110302835
    Abstract: A seed label including a label layer removably attached to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, and at least one seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer. The label layer may be made of a biodegradable material. The adhesive layer may be a dry release-clean release adhesive layer. The label layer may include water-based ink printing thereon. The adhesive layer may be a water-based adhesive. The seed label may be removably affixed to a package. The seed label may be disposable in a container for germinating the seeds. A method of manufacturing a seed label, includes providing a label layer, automatically placing at least one seed on one side of the label layer, and automatically attaching the label layer to a clear film layer by an adhesive layer, with the seed disposed between the label layer and clear film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Thomas D. Ray, III, Robert J. Alden, Tommy Wayne Gill, Steve Posey, James J. Carides
  • Patent number: 8061078
    Abstract: A germinating unit (1) includes at least one seed (3) as well as additives. The germinating unit includes a carrier material (2) penetrable by a root tip (4) and/or a sprout (5) extending from the seed. The carrier material (2) can fix the orientation of the seed. Several germinating units can be joined to form a seed tape (6). The seed tape includes a longitudinal tissue (7). The carrier material portions (2a, 2b, 2c) cover or include their respective seed(s) (3a, 3b, 3c). When the seed(s) have been inserted in the carrier material through a cut in said carrier material or through insertion of a tube therein, said seed(s) maintain(s) its/their position relative to the germinating unit because said carrier material squeezes about or retains said seed(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Bentle Products AG
    Inventor: Poul Henrik Ahm
  • Publication number: 20110271888
    Abstract: A seed tape comprising an elongated pliable strip of paper material having seeds positioned thereon with fertilizer positioned therebetween or adjacent thereto. In the preferred embodiment, insecticide is also provided on the seed tape. The spacing and type of seeds on the strip is dependent on the location in a field where the strip will be planted. The type and amount of fertilizer is also positioned on the strip dependent upon the location in the field where that particular portion of the strip will be planted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Benjamen Sauder
  • Patent number: 8007884
    Abstract: The invention provides processes for coating the surface of substrates such as a sheet, film, foam, fiber, etc., with a curable liquid resin or solution of curable resin, then in one embodiment, stably attaching a superabsorbent polymeric powder to such resin, and then curing the resin to form a coated superabsorbent product. Such substrates may include polymeric materials. Other process embodiments utilizing curable and thermoplastic resinous powders may be used instead of curable liquid resins and resulting products are included in the invention. The coated product may be utilized for water and nutrient retention in combination with irrigation, erosion control, to direct plant root growth, and to clean up standing water and petroleum spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Synergistic Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeno Muthiah, Gerald K. White, Duane R. Rubash
  • Publication number: 20110173879
    Abstract: A device and method for growing vegetation. The device and method can be used for repairing a divot in a grass lawn. The device includes a packet having a water-soluble film surface that contains a mixture of soil and seeds. An example device includes a water-containing device in the packet. When the packet is placed on the ground, such as the divot, and subjected to water, the film dissolves so that the mixture comes into contact with the ground and the seeds can begin to germinate and grow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Michael Bell