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1. (WO2018013861) SYSTEMS, IMPLEMENTS, AND METHODS FOR SEED ORIENTATION WITHIN AGRICULTURAL FIELDS USING A SEED FIRMER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/013861    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/042010
Publication Date: Fri Jan 19 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jul 14 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A01C 5/06
A01B 49/06
A01C 7/00
A01C 7/04
A01C 7/08
A01C 7/10
A01C 7/20
Applicants: PRECISION PLANTING LLC
Inventors: KOCH, Dale
HODEL, Jeremy
SWANSON, Todd
RADTKE, Ian
Title: SYSTEMS, IMPLEMENTS, AND METHODS FOR SEED ORIENTATION WITHIN AGRICULTURAL FIELDS USING A SEED FIRMER
Abstract:
Described herein are systems, implements, and methods for seed orientation during planting operations of agricultural plants of agricultural fields. In one embodiment, a seed firmer includes a base support to be positioned in operation in proximity to a trench for planting seed in the trench, a vision system coupled to the base support in operation to determine seed orientation data for a first seed in a pre-orientation position, and an actuator coupled to the base support. The actuator adjusts an orientation of a second seed to a desired seed orientation within the trench if desired based on the pre-orientation data for the first seed in the pre-orientation position.