US Patent No: 7,086,269

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Apparatus and method for testing seed singulation of a seed meter

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An apparatus and method of testing seed singulation of a seed meter. The apparatus includes a frame which supports the seed meter to be tested above a track within which is disposed a continuous flighted belt. A drive system is provided to drive the flighted belt and the seed meter at a preselected speed and seed discharge rate, respectively. In operation, seeds supplied to the seed meter are dispensed by the seed meter in its normal mode of operation onto the moving flighted belt. A sensor disposed along the path of travel of the belt detects the seeds within each passing cell. A computer records and registers data relevant to the singulation accuracy and efficiency of the seed meter.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
PRECISION PLANTING LLCTREMONT, IL29

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Dunlap, Don L Pekin, IL 15 69
Plattner, Chad E Tremont, IL 15 29
Sauder, Derek A Tremont, IL 49 104
Sauder, Gregg A Tremont, IL 37 105

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
DEERE & COMPANY (2)
5,170,909 Vacuum seed meter 71 1986
5,720,233 Mechanical seed meter 23 1996
 
AGCO CORPORATION (1)
4,450,979 Seed metering means 35 1982
 
DICKEY-JOHN CORPORATION (1)
5,635,911 Apparatus and method for monitoring an article dispensing device such as a seed planter and the like 26 1995
 
PRECISION PLANTING LLC (1)
5,938,071 Test stand for calibrating seed meters 4 1998
 
SORTEX LIMITED (1)
4,351,437 Method and apparatus for examining objects 35 1980
 
VANSCO ELECTRONICS LP (1)
5,969,340 Seed counting apparatus for a planter monitor 6 1997
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
5,992,338 Belted seed metering device 11 1997

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8,626,337 Method and computer program product for distinguishing and sorting seeds containing a genetic element of interest 0 2008
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8,599,009 Systematic distillation of status data relating to regimen compliance 0 2011
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8,078,367 Planter monitor system and method 3 2008
8,631,749 Seed tube egress-mounted seed sensor 0 2011

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