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A system for residue detection and implement control is disclosed. The system comprising: an agricultural implement (10) with access to a source of environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310) having an indication of environmental factors; a sensor (54, 58, 74, 82) that obtains image data of a field (14); a data store (210) containing image processing methods to detect residue; a controller (70) operatively coupled to the sensor (54, 58, 74, 82) and to the source of environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310) and to the data store (210), the controller (70) processing the image data according to one or more of the image processing methods; wherein the controller (70) is configured to: select one or more of the image processing methods based on the environmental data (220, 222, 236, 234, 238, 310); process the image data using the selected one or more of the image processing methods (500) to determine a value of residue coverage in the imaged area of the field (14); and generate one or more control signals that includes an adjustment to the agricultural implement (10) based on the value of residue coverage. Further, a method (400, 500) to detect residue and control an implement (14) is disclosed.


Patent
Deere & Company and University of Nebraska - Lincoln | Date: 2017-01-10

At least one example embodiment discloses a method of estimating a position of a rotor in a motor. The method includes obtaining a current regulation quality index based on a current command and a measured current, determining an estimated position of the rotor based on the current regulation quality index and position estimation data and controlling the motor based on the estimated position of the rotor.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-06-21

A method for testing a sensor positioned downstream of an engine. The method includes motoring the engine, receiving a signal indicative of a value from the sensor, and determining whether the value is inside or outside of an established range. The established range is based on a known characteristic of an exhaust gas exiting from the engine as it is motoring.


A planting unit for a seeding machine having a frame member and a seed meter mounted thereto. The seed meter has a housing and a metering member rotatably mounted therein. The metering member has a sidewall with an inner surface and an outer surface with a rim portion of the sidewall adjacent an outer edge of the sidewall. The inner surface of the side wall and the housing form a trough at a bottom portion of the metering member to hold a seed pool. A mechanical seed delivery system takes seed from the metering member and moves seed to a discharge location adjacent a seed furrow formed in soil beneath the seeding machine.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-03-07

A method including adjusting a changeable component of a seed planting machine when switching from a first variety of seed to a second variety of seed during planting, wherein the adjusting is based on a location of the planting machine.


A harvester and a crop accumulator combination. The harvester is configured to transfer a harvested crop to the crop accumulator. The crop accumulator comprises at least one actuator to selectively discharge the harvested crops onto a field. A GPS unit is configured with at least one virtual trip line. An ECU is in communication with the GPS unit. The ECU is configured to selectively command the actuator of the crop accumulator to discharge harvested crop onto the field when the ECU receives a signal from the GPS unit when at least one of the virtual trip line is being approached, the virtual trip line is being crossed, and the virtual trip line has been crossed.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-06-21

Computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and computer systems are described for determining cylinder health characteristic in a reciprocating piston engine of the type including a piston-cylinder assembly and a crankshaft. The piston-cylinder assembly includes a cylinder and a piston configured to translate within the cylinder as the crankshaft rotates. In one embodiment, the computer-implemented method includes rotating the crankshaft in a first direction, while generating a first data set comprising a first plurality of piston position measurements and corresponding pressure indicator measurements. The crankshaft is further rotated in a second opposing direction, while a second data set is generated comprising a second plurality of piston position measurements and corresponding pressure indicator measurements. A symmetric aspect between the first and second data sets is then identified and utilized to determining a cylinder health characteristic for the piston-cylinder assembly.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-06-28

A vehicle, method, and track control system for sensing the temperature of a track and controlling the vehicles speed based on the temperature of the track. The track temperature may be sensed by a sensor embedded in a portion of the track, such as in a drive lug, a tread bar, or portion of the carcass. The temperature of the track may also be used to alert an operator of a track temperature issue or request that the operator reduce the speed of the vehicle.


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-01-25

The invention relates to an operating environment (10) of an agricultural utility vehicle having a graphical user interface (12), comprising a freely configurable displaying and/or operating unit (14), wherein the displaying and/or operating unit (14) can be attached selectively to a first fastening interface (16) for providing a first displaying and/or operating configuration (18) in a first driver field of view (20) and/or a second fastening interface (22) for providing a second displaying and/or operating configuration (24) in a second driver field of view (26).


Patent
Deere & Company | Date: 2017-07-05

A mobile machine (102) is disclosed. The mobile machine (102) comprising: a triggering system (152) that generates a trigger output based on sensor data (120) from a plurality of sensor signals, each sensor signal being indicative of a sensed variable; and a user interaction system (134) that receives the trigger input, identifies an issue to be addressed based on the trigger input and begins executing a process flow (138 - 140) by surfacing instructions to perform actions to address the issue, the process flow (138 - 140) surfacing a first set of in-cab instructions indicative of in-cab actions to perform to address the identified issue and, if the identified issue is not resolved, then surfacing a set of out-of-cab instructions indicative of out-of-cab actions to perform to address the identified issue. Further a method of controlling a mobile machine (102) is disclosed.

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