US 9,807,922 B2
Seeding machine with seed delivery system
Elijah B. Garner, Bettendorf, IA (US); Daniel B. Thiemke, Sun Prairie, WI (US); David J. Rylander, Victoria, IL (US); Nathan A. Mariman, Geneseo, IL (US); and Michael E. Friestad, Rock Island, IL (US)
Assigned to Deere & Company, Moline, IL (US)
Filed by Deere & Company, Moline, IL (US)
Filed on Feb. 9, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/617,342.
Application 14/617,342 is a continuation of application No. 14/504,801, filed on Oct. 2, 2014.
Application 14/504,801 is a continuation of application No. 12/364,010, filed on Feb. 2, 2009, granted, now 8,850,995.
Prior Publication US 2015/0305231 A1, Oct. 29, 2015
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A01C 7/04 (2006.01); A01C 7/12 (2006.01); A01C 7/16 (2006.01); A01C 7/20 (2006.01); A01C 21/00 (2006.01)
CPC A01C 7/127 (2013.01) [A01C 7/04 (2013.01); A01C 7/046 (2013.01); A01C 7/125 (2013.01); A01C 7/16 (2013.01); A01C 7/166 (2013.01); A01C 7/20 (2013.01); A01C 21/00 (2013.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A seeding machine for a row unit having a seed meter with a plurality of apertures through which an air pressure differential is applied to retain seed thereon, the seed meter movable to convey seed from a seed reservoir, the seeding machine comprising:
a seed delivery apparatus including
an elongated housing having a first opening through which seed is received into the seed delivery apparatus, having a second opening through which seed exits the seed delivery apparatus, and defining an interior chamber along which seed is conveyed from the first opening to the second opening;
a first pulley,
a second pulley,
an endless member driven by the first pulley and/or the second pulley, the endless member movable within the interior chamber of the elongated housing to receive seed from the first opening and convey seed to the second opening; and
a loading surface stationary relative to the elongated housing and positioned to contact and guide seed toward the endless member.