US 9,807,924 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 May 5, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/704,568.
Application 14/704,568 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, issued on Oct. 7, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0230397 A1, Aug. 20, 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 7/16 (2013.01) [A01C 7/125 (2013.01); A01C 7/127 (2013.01); A01C 21/00 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A seed delivery apparatus comprising:
an elongated housing having a first opening through which seed is received into the seed delivery apparatus, a second opening through which seed exits the seed delivery apparatus, and an elongated interior chamber along which seed is conveyed from the first opening to the second opening; and
an endless member positioned within the elongated housing, the endless member movable within the elongated interior chamber of the elongated housing to receive seed from the first opening and convey seed to the second opening, the endless member shaped to maintain contact with a top of each seed conveyed by the endless member along the elongated interior chamber between the first and second openings of the elongated housing.