Method and apparatus for planting seed in a seed research plot

  • US 6,832,567 B2
  • Filed: 09/16/2003
  • Issued: 12/21/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A seed meter for planting seed in a seed research plot, comprising,a housing, a vacuum-type seed plate rotatably mounted within the housing, a rotary seed chamber (RSC) mounted in the housing adjacent the seed plate and movable between first and second positions, to permit the seed plate to singularly select individual seeds from the RSC while in a first position, and to dump seed therefrom while in a second position, a seed intake compartment having a seed inlet end, and a seed exit discharge end located adjacent the RSC, a valve in the intake compartment to intermittently prevent seed from flowing from the inlet end to the discharge end and permit the accumulation of a quantity of seed in the intake compartment upstream of the discharge end, power means operatively connected to the RSC and the valve in the intake compartment to open and close the valve when the RSC is in its second and first positions, respectively, and a wing plate on the rotary seed chamber to open and close the discharge end of the seed intake compartment when the rotary seed chamber is in its first and second positions, respectively.

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