Method and apparatus for continuously harvesting grain from a row of mature grain plants comprised of plant segments and alley segments

  • US 7,398,636 B2
  • Filed: 12/27/2004
  • Issued: 07/15/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/12/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wheel mounted grain harvester having a grain harvesting head capable of harvesting grain from mature grain plants in a row of mature grain plots comprising a plurality of longitudinal spaced row segments spaced intermittently by aligned alley segments, removing grain from the grain plants in the rows and delivering the removed grain upwardly and rearwardly for deposit in a grain handling assembly comprised of a plurality of grain moving parts for delivery of the removed grain to a grain collection hopper, the invention comprising:

  • a control means on the harvester for selectively interrupting at least one of the grain moving parts after a first row segment is harvested so that no new harvested grain from a second and next adjacent row segment will be commingled with the harvested grain from the first row segment, causing harvested grain from the second row segment to temporarily accumulate adjacent the grain moving part that is temporarily stopped, and selectively restarting the stopped grain moving part after a period while the harvesting head is capable of harvesting a first plant in the second row segment, andmeans for transporting the harvested grain from separate row segments into separate collection bins to permit the separate evaluation of the harvested grain in each row segment, and means for transporting the harvested grain in each row segment.

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