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Methods and systems for seed planting management and control

United States Patent

May 14, 2002
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A seed planting system providing optimal seed spacing in an agricultural field. The seed planting system includes a mobile seed planter having one or more planting shoes, or members being adapted for towing by a farm vehicle or being self-propelled. Sensors, disposed proximate to respective planting shoes, detect seed planting events and send corresponding signals to a computer. Contemporaneously, a geospatial locator acquires, and transmits to the computer, the geospatial location of each planted seed. The computer correlates the geospatial location data with the seed deposition data and generates a seed distribution profile indicating the location of each seed planted in a zone of interest to enable the control of speed spacing.
Svoboda; John M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hess; J. Richard (Idaho Falls, ID), Hoskinson; Reed L. (Rigby, ID), Harker; David J. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Bechtel BWXT Idaho. LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
09/ 918,586
July 30, 2001
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223, now Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.