Irrigation Patents (Class 700/284)
  • Patent number: 10550993
    Abstract: Rotary support systems, associated control devices, and methods of operating the same. Rotary support systems include a mast configured to support an elevated device and a base that includes a rotary mechanism that rotatably couples the mast to the base. The rotary mechanism is configured to selectively rotate the mast. The mast has a cross-sectional profile that is non-circular. Rotary support systems additionally may include a controller configured to interface with an electric motor to rotate the mast with respect to the base. Controller implemented methods for operating a rotary support system include receiving an input command and, responsive to the receiving the input command, sending an output command to an electric motor to rotate the mast relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MastWerks, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Verstrate, David Haycock, Christopher D. Drummond
  • Patent number: 10534378
    Abstract: A system, method, and device may be used to provide irrigation water consumption data. An irrigation flow controller may include an irrigation valve interface and controller that communicates with irrigation valves to open and close the valves. An identification module identifies one or more time periods when water consumption is not likely to occur or is likely minimal and a calibration module opens and closes the irrigation valves according to calibration schedule data. A timestamp module may identify a calibration valve open time and a calibration valve close time for the irrigation valves and a computational module may calculate a computed flow rate for the irrigation valves based on the calibration valve open time, the calibration valve close time, and the actual water usage data that occurred between the calibration valve open time and the calibration valve close time. The computed flow rate may be utilized to identify anomalies and provide notifications thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Eyring, Karl L. Connolly, Bradly Williams, Eric Tres Wangsgaard, Brad Wardle
  • Patent number: 10524430
    Abstract: An irrigation management system monitors irrigation parameters, including progress of flood irrigation water admitted onto a farm field, water levels in ditches, basins or boxes, soil moisture, water usage and other important factors. In flood irrigation a series of small, inexpensive sensors detect the presence in each of the sensor locations in a field, and each sends a signal when water first reaches the sensor. In a preferred form the sensor communicates by long-range radio communication either directly with a hub or gateway, or by sending a transmission that is relayed from location to location and ultimately to the hub or gateway. All aspects of irrigation water need, availability, task completion, pipe and equipment status, and water usage are monitored and communicated to the farmer. The system allows efficient water management and reliable and responsible irrigation at all irrigated fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Blake Nervino
  • Patent number: 10499572
    Abstract: An irrigation system for providing irrigation to a crop comprising a plurality of mobile support towers, a conduit, a plurality of drive motors, a plurality of sensors, and a control system. The conduit carries fluid and is supported by the mobile support towers. The conduit includes a valve which can be opened to allow fluid flow through the conduit and closed to prevent fluid flow through the conduit. The drive motors propel the mobile support towers. The sensors generate data regarding the amount of fluid used to irrigate the crop. The control system controls the operation of the valve and the drive motors and is configured to calculate a price of forecasted yield loss, calculate a cost of irrigation, and terminate irrigation if the cost of irrigation is greater than the price of the forecasted yield loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Kurtis Charling, Sam Haidar, Brian Magnusson
  • Patent number: 10485162
    Abstract: A method for applying an agrochemical mixture to a working area of a field using a vehicle moving on the field is described. Thereby, a solid fertilizer is spread on the working area using a fertilizer spreading device mounted on the vehicle and a liquid fertilizer additive is sprayed on the working area using a field sprayer, mounted on the vehicle separately from the fertilizer spreading device. Therein, the liquid fertilizer additive is prevented from coming into contact with surfaces of the fertilizer spreading device, which also come into contact with the solid fertilizer. Moreover, a vehicle for applying an agrochemical mixture to a working area of a field while moving on the field is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Wolfram Zerulla, Markus Schmid, Gregor Pasda
  • Patent number: 10485191
    Abstract: An irrigation system is disclosed that includes a variable nozzle control assembly disposed or coupled to the outer-most end of the structure of a self-propelled mechanized irrigation system. The variable nozzle control assembly may be configured to control the output water/applicant as a function of the mechanized irrigation system's location in the field. As the mechanized irrigation system travels an irrigation path, the variable nozzle control assembly may dynamically change the angle, trajectory, pressure, gallons per minute (GPM) flow (flow capacity) of the water and/or applicant released from the outer most end of the mechanized irrigation structure to provide sufficient irrigational coverage to the land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Craig S. Malsam
  • Patent number: 10459119
    Abstract: A sunset prediction system performs the steps of determining a location of interest, and collecting weather forecast data at or around the time of either sunrise or sunset, at the location and a surrounding area adjacent the location. The collected weather forecast data includes cloud density and cloud altitude. The sun prediction system then determines from the collected weather forecast data whether there will be clouds at the location that are advantageous for photography at or around the time of sunrise or sunset, and whether the sunlight will be obstructed by obstructing clouds in the surrounding area. A forecast rating is then reported so that the user can determine whether to plan photography at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew Kuhns
  • Patent number: 10412907
    Abstract: A deficit irrigation method is disclosed. The method includes steps of receiving, at a controller, a plurality of inputs including a growth stage of a plant, a development stage of the plant, a water level at a reservoir, and a full irrigation data; computing, at the controller, a stress intensity factor for irrigation of a plant; computing, at the controller, a correction factor based on the calculated stress intensity factor; computing, at the controller, a deficit irrigation factor based on the correction factor and the full irrigation data; and controlling an irrigation valve in a wired or a wireless communication with the controller to enable a deficit irrigation of the plant in accordance with the deficit irrigation factor, wherein the deficit irrigation factor controls when and how much to irrigate via the irrigation valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Mohamad Javad Motahari Sharif, Mohamad Bagher Menhaj, Mansoure Kafash
  • Patent number: 10405488
    Abstract: A method may include receiving map data descriptive of a plurality of zones located within a parcel of land and receiving information indicative of a plurality of reference coordinates or objects including at least a first and second reference coordinate or object located on the parcel, in which the first and second reference coordinate or object each has corresponding information for defining boundaries for a first workable zone and a second workable zone on the parcel associated therewith, respectively. The method may further include determining the boundaries of the first and second workable zones responsive to detection of at least the first and second reference coordinate or object, respectively. The method may also include receiving time-scheduling instructions for the first and second workable zones, and operating the robotic vehicle to remain within the first and second workable zones in response to the time-scheduling instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Mattias Kamfors, Patrik J├Ągenstedt
  • Patent number: 10409925
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for tuning photovoltaic power generation plant forecasting is provided. Global horizontal irradiance (GHI), ambient temperature and wind speed for a photovoltaic power generation plant over a forecast period are obtained. Simulated plane-of-array (POA) irradiance is generated from the GHI and the plant's photovoltaic array configuration as a series of simulated observations. Inaccuracies in GHI conversion are identified and the simulated POA irradiance at each simulated observation is corrected as a function of the conversion inaccuracies. Simulated module temperature is generated based on the simulated POA irradiance, ambient temperature and wind speed. Simulated power generation over the forecast period is generated based on the simulated POA irradiance, simulated module temperature and the plant's specifications and status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Power Research, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10404529
    Abstract: A configurable, connectorized system for providing supervisory and distributed control dramatically reduces the number of wire connections that must be made to connect sensors and actuators to a control system, reducing the number of different control hardware components required to connect one or more sensors and actuators through use of a configurable I/O module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: XIO, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Sagues, Mauritz Botha
  • Patent number: 10381970
    Abstract: A control system for monitoring a motor and wheel drive gearbox of an irrigation system drive train. The control system includes a motor sensor for sensing an operating state of the motor and a gearbox sensor for sensing an operating state of the wheel drive gearbox. If the motor operating state exceeds a motor operating state threshold or changes too quickly, or if the wheel drive gearbox operating state exceeds a wheel drive gearbox operating state threshold or changes too quickly, the control system operates the drive train at a reduced capacity or in a modified mode such that the operating state is not exceeded or does not change too quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Rick Parod, Rick Provaznik, Mark William Miller
  • Patent number: 10368481
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and non-transitory computer readable medium for analyzing soil samples. Accordingly, soil sample units may be obtained and provided to a server that generates raw data. The raw data is subsequently organized into a sub-report for each nutrient or variable contained in the raw data. An average for each nutrient in the raw data and a number of additional factors related to the raw data may be calculated. The average and additional factors are used to determine bulk recommendations by comparing target data to an exchangeable measured value. Additionally, the factors are also used to determine challenges and solutions by comparing the average data to the target data for each nutrient. The system compares the raw data to the measured values an mathematically adjusts the compared values to compute an optimal treatment algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Floratine Products Group, Inc
    Inventor: Timothy B. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 10356990
    Abstract: A water conservation apparatus is connectable to a legacy irrigation controller to provide access to the irrigation controller to enable a remote user to selectively disable watering irrespective of the watering schedule programmed in the irrigation controller. The apparatus is connectable to the rain sensor of irrigation controllers having rain sensor connections. In irrigation controllers not having rain sensor connections, the apparatus is connectable to the common line of the valve control lines to selectively interrupt current to the valves. The apparatus is connectable to a Wi-Fi router to enable communications to a cloud-based server such that the apparatus is able to receive control signals from the server to selectively disable watering based on current and predicted weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sprinkl.IO LLC
    Inventors: Noel Lee Geren, Daniel Morgan Pruessner
  • Patent number: 10356991
    Abstract: A system and method for moisture control includes a computer, a probe controller connected to the computer, a set of probes connected to the probe controller, a sprinkler controller connected to the computer, and a set of sprinklers connected to the sprinkler controller. The set of probes are driven into the ground according to a predetermined set of positions. A set of high voltage currents is injected into the ground through the set of probes and measurements are taken. A three-dimensional resistivity model is generated from the measurements and is compared to a set of moisture requirements. A set of sprinkler commands is generated based on the three-dimensional resistivity model and the set of moisture requirements. If the three-dimensional resistivity model meets the set of moisture requirements, the set of sprinklers are activated in each of a set of sprinkler zones according the three-dimensional resistivity model where watering is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bryant Consultants, Inc.
    Inventor: John Bryant
  • Patent number: 10299447
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of optical sensors located along at least one pipe segment of a rotating arm that pivots around an irrigation area of a field, the plurality of optical sensors continuously monitors soil and vegetation conditions and transmits sensed data to a central computer, and a plurality of in-ground sensors scattered in the irrigation area of the field, the plurality of in-ground sensors continuously monitors soil conditions and transmits sensed data to a plurality of gateway devices located in the rotating arm, the plurality of gateway devices transmits data from the plurality of in-ground sensors to the central computer where data from the plurality of optical sensors and the plurality of in-ground sensors is integrated with external data to determine water and fertilizer needs based on which an irrigation schedule is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 10248138
    Abstract: Some embodiments may include a water supply system for supplying water based on a predetermined planned daily supply amount of water. While the worries supplied, it may be determined whether a second time has reached after a predetermined time passed from a first time. When it is determined that the second time has reached, an accumulated amount of the supplied water may be measured. A difference between the measured accumulated amount of the supplied water and the planned daily supply amount of water may be calculated. The planned daily supply amount of water may be corrected by adding the calculated difference to the planned daily supply amount of water after the second time. Water may be supplied based on the corrected planned daily supply amount of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min-Gu Kang
  • Patent number: 10242369
    Abstract: A method and associated system for establishing an agricultural pedigree for at least one agricultural product with integrated farm equipment comprises the steps of: a) Providing an open communication network accessible information storage device adapted to receive input of data relating to at least one of the agricultural product's production, harvesting, distribution, processing and consumption, from at least one and preferably from multiple sources; b) Inputting one or more contemporaneous inputs into the information storage device over time throughout at least the production of the agricultural product, wherein the inputting includes automated contemporaneous uploading of inputs from farm equipment engaged in the production of the agricultural product; c) Storing and said data; and d) Providing access to at least a portion of said data via the open communication network. The method may further include predicting at least one sustainability measurement of the agricultural product utilizing said data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventor: Maris Klavins
  • Patent number: 10228711
    Abstract: An irrigation system comprises an Internet connected controller that receives user input and provides a power signal and command and message data to an encoder. The encoder encodes the command and message data onto the power signal to provide a data encoded power waveform that is sent over a two-wire path. The irrigation system further comprises one or more decoders in communication with the two-wire path to receive the data encoded power waveform and one or more irrigation valves in communication with the one or more decoders. The data encoded power waveform provides power to the decoders and the decoders decode the command and message data from the data encoded power waveform to control the irrigation valves according to the user input. Thus, a user controls an irrigation system comprising the two-wire path from a remote location using an Internet-compatible device without specific software installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10206341
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods of controlling irrigation, comprising: obtaining a barometric pressure (BP) profile corresponding to changes in BP over a period of time and corresponding to a location where irrigation is to be controlled; determining a dew point factor (DPF) profile as a function of changes in temperature and relative humidity over the period of time and corresponding to the location where irrigation is to be controlled; making a determination that a rain event is likely to occur as a function of both the BP profile and the DPF profile; and generating, based on the determination that the rain event is likely to occur, a control signal configured to cause one or both of current and scheduled irrigation to be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Anderson I. Micu
  • Patent number: 10194598
    Abstract: An irrigation control system having an irrigation controller with a unique identifier and configured to execute irrigation schedules, collect, store and forward watering metrics and determine global time, together with a power source, a global time receiver in communication with the microcontroller and configured to provide time from an outside source to the microcontroller and a transceiver in communication with the microcontroller configured to send messages including its unique identifier, predefined irrigation schedules, stored watering metrics and current global time. The system further includes a mobile computer having a microprocessor, a wireless transceiver configured to receive the messages from the irrigation controller transceiver and transmit instructions to the irrigation controller via a communication link and a memory coupled to the microprocessor and configured to store predefined irrigation schedules, and watering metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nelson Irrigation Corporation
    Inventors: Mark A. Bauman, Graham L. Hutchinson, Travis A. Griggs, Meade M. Neal
  • Patent number: 10124358
    Abstract: A system for allocating irrigation resources includes a hub for collecting imaging data and soil condition readings from watering areas proximal to sprinkler nodes. A combiner operated to form combined cluster data from each sprinkler node in a sprinkler cluster. An interpreter operated to generate mapped cluster data from combined cluster data and a geolocation map. A correlator to generate a current cluster snapshot from the mapped cluster data and spatiotemporal weather information. A comparator configured to compare the current cluster snapshot with recorded sprinkler cluster activity data to determine deficient regions within the watering areas in sprinkler cluster, and generate an activation control for the sprinkler cluster. A selector to select a spatiotemporal watering control from the activation control for a specific sprinkler node. The specific sprinkler node to deliver a directed fluid stream to the deficient region within the watering area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Aquatic Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver T. Graham, Kenneth Whiting
  • Patent number: 10098291
    Abstract: A system and method for overriding an alignment circuit of an electric center pivot irrigation system. The system may include a local controller wired to the alignment circuit and a remote control wirelessly communicating with the local controller. The remote control may receive an alignment fault alert from the local controller indicating that the alignment circuit has switched to the open circuit configuration. Next, the remote control may send an auto-alignment signal to the local controller. The auto-alignment signal may instruct the local controller to command a relay to switch to a bypass mode. In the bypass mode, signals between the local controller and operational elements of the electric center pivot irrigation system bypass the alignment circuit. The auto-alignment circuit may also command the operational elements to reverse travel directions of the electric center pivot irrigation system simultaneously while the alignment circuit is bypassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LINDSAY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reece Robert Andrews, Daniel James Pickerill
  • Patent number: 10064347
    Abstract: A plant cultivation system 100 includes a plurality of plant cultivation units 20, and a management apparatus 30 that manages each plant cultivation unit 20. Each plant cultivation unit 20 includes a greenhouse 1 that serves as a space for plant cultivation, an environment control unit 12 that controls an environment in the greenhouse 1, a storage unit 9 that stores setting values that are control targets for the environment control unit 12 for every number of elapsed days since the cultivation initiating day, and an environment setting instructing unit 10 that sets the setting values stored in the storage unit 9 in the environment control unit 12 in accordance with the number of elapsed days since a cultivation initiating day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Shimazu
  • Patent number: 10039241
    Abstract: An irrigation controller, includes a housing, a microcontroller within the housing and configured to store and execute an irrigation schedule, a valve driver coupled to the microcontroller and configured to output a zone activation signal to an actuatable zone valve in response to signaling from the microcontroller, and a user interface. The user interface includes a plurality of user input devices coupled to the microcontroller and configured to provide signaling to the microcontroller based upon a user's engagement therewith, the plurality of user input devices configured to allow the user to create an irrigation schedule; and a user display coupled to the microcontroller and configured to display irrigation parameters associated with the irrigation schedule. The microcontroller is configured to cause the user display to display at least one of a next irrigation start day, a next irrigation start time, and a next zone to irrigate associated with the irrigation schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Steven W. Weiler
  • Patent number: 10034421
    Abstract: A method of mowing with an autonomous robot lawnmower includes traversing a mowable area with the autonomous robot lawnmower carrying a cutter and a vegetation characteristic sensor. The vegetation characteristic sensor is configured to generate sensor data in response to detecting a vegetation characteristic of the mowable area. The vegetation characteristic is selected from the group consisting of a moisture content, a grass height, and a color. The method includes storing position-referenced data representing the vegetation characteristic detected across the mowable area. The position-referenced data is based at least in part on the sensor data and position data. The method includes sending data to a remote device to cause the remote device to display a map including information based on the position-referenced data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Doughty, Andrew Beaulieu, Brian Yamauchi, Alec Likhite, Erik Steltz
  • Patent number: 10028426
    Abstract: In one aspect, an agricultural system is provided and includes an information gathering component, a first component and a second component. The information gathering component is configured to gather information pertaining to at least one agricultural characteristic and generate agricultural data associated with the gathered information. The agricultural data is transmitted over a network and used to generate an agricultural prescription, which is comprised of at least one agricultural characteristic and at least one agricultural action. The first component includes a network interface for receiving the agricultural prescription over the network and the second component is in communication with the first component. The second component is configured to receive the agricultural prescription from the first component and is configured to output the at least one agricultural action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: 360 YIELD CENTER, LLC
    Inventors: Rhett Schildroth, Daryl B. Starr
  • Patent number: 9939297
    Abstract: An HVAC controller, in one embodiment, may include a gas valve interface and an AC unit switch interface, and a controller that may communicate with at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch. An identification module may identify one or more time periods when energy consumption is not likely to occur or is likely minimal, and a calibration module may open and close the at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch according to calibration schedule data. A computational module may calculate a computed flow rate for the at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch based on a calibration open time, a calibration close time, and the actual energy usage data for usage that occurred between the calibration open time and the calibration close time. The computed flow rate may be utilized to identify anomalies and provide notifications thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Eyring, Karl L. Connolly, Eric Tres Wangsgaard, Brad Wardle, Bradly Williams
  • Patent number: 9880537
    Abstract: An irrigation modeling framework in precision agriculture utilizes a combination of weather data, crop data, and other agricultural inputs to create customized agronomic models for diagnosing and predicting a moisture state in a field, and a corresponding need for, and timing of, irrigation activities. Specific combinations of various agricultural inputs can be applied, together with weather information to identify or adjust water-related characteristics of crops and soils, to model optimal irrigation activities and provide advisories, recommendations, and scheduling guidance for targeted application of artificial precipitation to address specific moisture conditions in a soil system of a field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CLEARAG, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Mewes, Robert C. Hale
  • Patent number: 9874489
    Abstract: Water leaks and other anomalies in irrigation systems may be detected by analysis of energy consumption data captured from a utility power meter, and particularly energy data from smart meters that service water pumps. Furthermore, water usage can be measured indirectly from the energy required to move it given an understanding of its operating condition that ties water flow and electrical power. Unlike existing solutions that use water meters or other sensors, embodiments of the present method described herein detect water leaks and other anomalies from the electrical load for the water pump(s) and track the operating condition of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: POWWOW ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Jerphagnon, Stanley Knutson, Leneve Ong
  • Patent number: 9817380
    Abstract: An irrigation system is contained at a particular site, where the site may be a commercial address or a residential address. The system includes a weather station that generates temperature data, precipitation data, and any other useful data that might be used by other components of the system. The system also includes an irrigation controller that uses electrical signals to open and close valves, thereby turning sprinklers on and off, whether zone-by-zone or sprinkler-by-sprinkler. The system further includes a host device which communicates with the weather station and with the irrigation controller. The host device includes a computer processor and one or more wireless interfaces. The host device receives the weather data from the weather station and calculates an amount of desired irrigation, generating an irrigation schedule. The host device then controls the irrigation controller according to the generated irrigation schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Telsco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramu L. Bangalore, William C. Savelle, Jr., Lex M. Mason, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9807933
    Abstract: An agricultural harvester includes a chassis; at least one ground engaging traction member held by the chassis; a cutter held by the chassis; a sensor held by the agricultural harvester so that the sensor is directed in front of the cutter and configured to emit and receive sound and/or radio waves and produce a plurality of output signals; and an electrical processing circuit coupled to the sensor. The electrical processing circuit is configured to produce a field map from the plurality of output signals and adjust an operating parameter of the agricultural harvester based on the field map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Boyd, Matthew D. Weeks
  • Patent number: 9766609
    Abstract: A controller for use in an irrigation system includes a selector, an indicator associated with the selector for identifying parameters selected to be set for use in controlling the irrigation system, indicia positioned on a top surface of the controller which cooperate with the selector to indicate the parameter being selected and a display for displaying information regarding the selected parameters; wherein the indicator includes a program display position for displaying information regarding all parameters related to a selected program of operation of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Carl L. C. Kah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9699874
    Abstract: A lighting control device is provided which includes a microcontroller, at least one wireless transceiver, at least one dimmer, one or more lighting terminals powered by the at least one dimmer, at least one environmental sensor, and at least one input device. In operation, the microcontroller obtains environmental data from the at least one environmental sensor, obtains input data from the at least one input device, transmits the environmental data and the input data to an external server, obtains a lighting operating schedule based on the environmental data and the input data from the external server, and executes the lighting operating schedule from the external server by controlling one or more smart bulbs via the at least one wireless transceiver and controlling the electrical current output to lighting terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan Richard Phillips
  • Patent number: 9684312
    Abstract: An HVAC controller, in one embodiment, may include a gas valve interface and an AC unit switch interface, and a controller that may communicate with at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch. An identification module may identify one or more time periods when energy consumption is not likely to occur or is likely minimal, and a calibration module may open and close the at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch according to calibration schedule data. A computational module may calculate a computed flow rate for the at least one of the gas valve and the AC unit switch based on a calibration open time, a calibration close time, and the actual energy usage data for usage that occurred between the calibration open time and the calibration close time. The computed flow rate may be utilized to identify anomalies and provide notifications thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Eyring, Karl L. Connolly, Eric Tres Wangsgaard, Brad Wardle, Bradly Williams
  • Patent number: 9664020
    Abstract: A water system for a hydraulic frac station. The water system includes a water source, a water retention pit, a pump, a riser station, and a water recycling system. The pump is configured to channel water from the retention pit to the riser station and to the hydraulic frac station. The water from the retention pit is channeled to the hydraulic frac station, which in turn is channeled to the recycling system via the riser station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Elwood Leonard Rao
  • Patent number: 9603316
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring and control of hydroponic growing environment are disclosed. One or more sensing devices are provided to capture the conditions of a hydroponic growing environment via one or more reservoir or air sensors. The sensing devices can further communicate with and control a multiple-outlet power delivery device to make adjustment to the hydroponic growing environment. The power delivery device may include one or more power outlets, each of which can be activated or deactivated to turn on/off an environmental control equipment items. The sensing device may also communicate with a remote server, which may retrieve sensor data about the environmental conditions from the sensing device. The remote server may monitor the environmental conditions and automatically adjust the growing environment by controlling the power delivery device. A user may also access the remote server, monitor and control the hydroponic growing environment via the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan Mansey, Tristan Miller-Mansey
  • Patent number: 9547313
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide irrigation controllers comprising: a housing; a control unit including a first microcontroller configured to execute irrigation programs and a first set of code; and a removable plug-in device that removably mates with a portion of the irrigation controller and communicationally couples to the first microcontroller, wherein the plug-in device comprises a memory storing a second set of code to replace at least a portion of the first set of code, wherein the plug-in device is configured to re-flash at least a portion of the first set of code allowing a copy of the second set of code to overwrite at least the portion of the first set of code; wherein the first set of code comprises a bootloader that writes the copy of the second set of code over the first set of code with the exception of the bootloader that is not written over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, Russel Dean Leatherman, James R. Musselman, Andrew M. Nguyen, Nicholas N. Lapshov
  • Patent number: 9538714
    Abstract: Therefore, the illustrative embodiments provide a computer implemented method and system for determining individual resource needs for each plant in a plurality of plants. Current conditions are identified using a sensor system. A plurality of per plant prescriptions are calculated for the plurality of plants using the individual resource needs and the current conditions. A resource is obtained from a selected resource source in a number of resource sources. The resource is stored in a mobile utility vehicle and applied from the mobile utility vehicle to each plant in the plurality of plants according to the plurality of per plant prescriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel Wayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 9491914
    Abstract: A moisture sensing watering system comprising a central pivot, a water conveyance system, a plurality of wheels, a first at least one moisture sensor coupled with a first wheel, a second at least one moisture sensor coupled with a second wheel, a moisture information converter, and a moisture content provider. The first moisture sensor pierces the ground during each rotation of the first wheel and performs a first moisture sensing as a part of the piercing of the ground. The second moisture sensor pierces the ground during each rotation of the second wheel and performs a second moisture sensing as a part of the second moisture sensor piercing the ground. The moisture information converter receives the moisture sensing information and converts the moisture sensing information into a signal. The moisture content provider provides the signal in a user accessible format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Robert James Lindores
  • Patent number: 9408353
    Abstract: A control system for a low-volume irrigation system includes a plurality of valve controllers for opening and closing valves; an irrigation system controller for controlling the valve controllers in accordance with an irrigation plan; and a graphical user interface for allowing a user to interact with the irrigation controller and to create the irrigation plan. The graphical user interface displays an irrigation zone list, an irrigation set list, and an irrigation plan field. The user interface has drag and drop functionality that permits an irrigation zone listing from the irrigation zone list to be dragged and dropped into any of the irrigation set listings in the irrigation set list and that permits an irrigation zone listing or an irrigation set listing to be dragged and dropped into the irrigation plan to create irrigation steps within the irrigation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventors: Ward V. Neesen, Reece R. Andrews, Brant Burkey
  • Patent number: 9380750
    Abstract: An automatic water sprinkler regulator is provided to control sprinkler coverage and times for water cycles. The regulator comprises control interface, series of control buttons, water inlet part, water outlet part, control processor. An improvement made in the present invention focuses on rendering a control interface with multiple approaches to control times for water cycles to make for a controller interface that can be set for irrigating by way of a series of control buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: King Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9279756
    Abstract: A flush valve for a waste water system comprises a valve including a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a main valve element adapted for movement to allow fluid flow between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet based on a pressure differential across a portion of the main valve element. The valve also includes a vent system comprising a control chamber in flow communication with the fluid inlet of the valve and a vent outlet in flow communication with the fluid outlet of the valve, and a solenoid for venting fluid venting fluid from the control chamber to the fluid outlet. A pressure sensor, such as an electronic pressure transducer, senses the fluid pressure of fluid within the vent system. When a predetermined pressure threshold is reached or exceeded, the solenoid can be energized to release fluid from the control chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SDB IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn D. Bush
  • Patent number: 9273522
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-readable medium for reducing a vibration of a drill string in a borehole. A sensor of the drill string obtains one or more measurements of a parameter of the vibration. A processor determines at least one force for controlling the measured vibration from the measured parameter. At least one actuator applies the determined at least one force against the borehole wall to control the vibration of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Olof Hummes, Matthias Meister, Sven Krueger, Bernd Santelmann, Michael Koppe
  • Patent number: 9271454
    Abstract: An intelligent gardening system and method for monitoring and analyzing a moisture level in individual gardening pots and/or containers is provided. A system comprises a moisture measuring sensor integrated into a pot/container. A gardener can read moisture-related data using a mobile device, a computer, or a tablet, or directly from built-in display. The gardener can send the moisture level-related data along with other data (such as, a type of a plant, a soil type, size of a pot, a plant size, location, current weather, an air temperature, etc.) to a central server connected to a central gardening database or to a cloud service and receive gardening recommendations. The gardening recommendations can include other recommendations pertaining to a particular plant and gardening conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Jacob Shochat, Alexander Natanzon, Ludmila Natanzon, Vitaly Roginsky
  • Patent number: 9247689
    Abstract: The water-deficit stress of plants or crops is managed using plant temperatures to maximize product quality. The temperature of the target plant is repeatedly measured over a period of interest, and after each measurement, the plant temperature is compared with a predetermined plant setpoint temperature associated with a desired water-deficit stress level, above which temperature the plant is deemed to be in an undesired metabolic state. If the measured plant temperature is greater than the setpoint temperature, and humidity is not restrictive to plant cooling, then irrigation can be triggered to retain the plant within the desired stressed level, as determined by the temperature of the plant. By this method, irrigation can be withheld to increase plant temperature or applied to reduce plant temperature. The temperature of the plant is thus continuously increased and decreased relative to a desired temperature value that is indicative of a desired water-deficit stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: James R. Mahan, John J. Burke
  • Patent number: 9210938
    Abstract: A method is provided for modulating transpiration in an organism that is capable of photosynthesis, where the method includes contacting the organism with a composition including an effective amount of an oxygen antagonist. Also provided is an apparatus for modulating transpiration in an organism that is capable of photosynthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9131642
    Abstract: A system and method to use remote sensing to estimate crop water use that is forecasted and is updated as weather and new satellite data become available. From these data the system and method uses a water accounting algorithm to prescribe irrigation differentially for regions of a field or for the entire field as an average. Irrigation prescription is delivered remotely through Internet technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: HydroBio, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Groeneveld
  • Patent number: 9043964
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided to automatically determine plant water requirements and adjust irrigation. In one implementation, a method comprises: receiving, from a user via a user interface of an irrigation control unit and at a time after an initial commercial sale, a region identifier corresponding to a region of the irrigation controller; identifying a set of historical values from a plurality of sets of historical values pre-stored in a memory of the irrigation control unit; receiving a current value of at least one other environmental variable from at least one sensor; receiving at least one historical value from the identified set of historical values from the memory; determining the plant water requirements using the at least one historical value and the current value; outputting an adjustment control message to the irrigation controller; and adjusting execution of the irrigation schedule, the irrigation schedule defined for a peak irrigation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, John R. German
  • Patent number: 9043036
    Abstract: The invention is a centralized server-based system containing a database with relevant information regarding features, parameters, and characteristics of a particular irrigation system, which utilizes proprietary irrigation software to control a plurality of field modules, at one or more remote locations, via a network bridge adapter. An irrigation system may comprise a single server, or multiple servers that may be configured so that control of the entire system is centralized, and control of one or multiple irrigation locations may be accomplished remotely by wirelessly accessing, monitoring and controlling a location's field module matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: American Pipe and Fitting, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Fekete