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Each year, approximately 60 new patents are issued by the U.S. Patent Office for USDA inventions. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) transfers these inventions through licenses to the private sector for commercialization. Below are links to technologies that are available for licensing. 

Docket

Title

Description

Contact

288.12         NEW

COMPUTER VISION QUALIFIED INFRARED TEMPERATURE SENSOR

An integrated set of sensors, microprocessor, and devices with software that remotely measures surface temperature and simultaneously acquires an image for the purposes of qualifying the sensed temperature. The system can be used to aide in precision irrigation management of center pivot or lateral move irrigation systems by providing surface temperature data for use in irrigation scheduling algorithms and automatic irrigation. The system can also be used in greenhouse environments and in drip irrigated fields to help monitor plant abiotic (drought, chemical) and biotic stresses (disease, insect infestation).        

                                                                                                               Potential Commercial Applications
- Crop irrigation scheduling and automation
- Detection of crop nutrient deficiencies, pests, weeds, and diseases
- Crop yield forecasting


Competitive Advantages
- Can detect whether sensor sees plant or soil thus improving data quality immensely
- Greatly improved irrigation scheduling
- Much cheaper acquisition of data critical for real-time crop management
- Improved accuracy in crop yield forecasting
- Water conservation

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

66.11

DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF “SEED PILLOW” TECHNOLOGY FOR OVERCOMING THE LIMITING FACTORS CONTROLLING RANGELAND RESEEDING SUCCESS

This technology provides a planting method that is more similar to the way plants grow in natural systems by grouping seeds within the same microsite during planting.

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

17.09

ROTARY CULTIVATOR

The invention consists of a hydraulically-driven rotary hoe drawn behind a tractor,used to cultivate around established plants, vines, or trees.

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

80.05 + 71.11

TRANSFER AND INCORPORATION OF HERITABLE SYMBIOTIC FUNGI INTO NON-HOST PLANTS

These resultant first plant species containing the endophytic fungi exhibit substantially increased vigor, altered morphology and chemistry, and increased reproductive potential compared to non-treated controls.

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

60.09

IRRIGATION SCHEDULING AND SUPERVISORY CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM FOR MOVING AND STATIC IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

This process and set of devices will automatically schedule crop irrigations when the crop is water stressed and will control a moving or static (e.g., drip or sprinkler) irrigation system to apply the irrigation.

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

16.07 + 174.13

NON-TRANSGENIC SOFT TEXTURED TETRAPLOID WHEAT PLANTS HAVING GRAIN WITH SOFT TEXTURED ENDOSPERM, ENDOSPERM THEREFROM AND USES THEREOF

The invention relates to wheat breeding, new non-transgenic tetraploid wheat cultivars having grain with soft textured endosperm and methods of producing the new non-transgenic tetraploid wheat cultivars having grain with soft-textured endosperm.

david.nicholson@ars.usda.gov

122.11

TRI-SEED MUTANT AS A GENETIC RESOURCE FOR INCREASING SORGHUM YIELD

The USDA has identified and developed a class of sorghum mutants that produces three times the seed number found in typical sorghum panicles available for cultivation.

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

51.04

SOLITARY BEE EMERGENCE BOX

Incubation and emergence of solitary-nesting pollinating bees from their nests or cocoons under field conditions may be effected using a device including a first outer and second inner hollow containers wherein a nest containing the bees may be disposed, and first and second communicating openings are provided on the lower surfaces of the containers to provide access to the enviroNew Materialsent from the nest in the inner container.

bryan.kaphammer@ars.usda.gov

124.09

CHEMICAL ATTRACTANTS AND REPELLANT FOR VARRO MITES

When mites move off of adult bees and can be captured in a variety of trapping devices using the attractants or the compounds can be used to otherwise confuse mites by saturating the enviroNew Materialsent so mites can not find suitable reproductive sites.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

189.07

IN-HIVE TRAP AND LURE FOR CONTROL OF THE SMALL HIVE BEETLE, AETHINA TUMIDA

A Small Hive Beetle trap, which replaces the bottom board of beehives, includes a frame having three walls and a top surface, a trap plate, an entry means, and a trapping means. The trapping means provides a dark environment attractive to small hive beetles and contains a small hive beetle attractant made from pollen dough and inoculated with yeast that produces small hive beetle attracting volatiles. The yeast is a biologically pure strain of yeast producing hive beetle attracting volatiles designated yeast spp. NRRL Y-30722.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

98.04

ROLLER SYSTEM FOR COVER CROP TERMINATION

A smooth roller with an attached crimping arm was designed and fabricated to terminate cover crops which are an integral component of soil conservation systems. The smooth drum flattens the cover crop in the direction of travel and the crimping bar behind the drum crimps the cover crop in 6 inch intervals.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

3.06

ROLLER-CRIMPER TO TERMINATE COVER CROPS ON ELEVATED CROP BEDS

A roller-crimper to terminate cover crops that are grown on elevated beds for row crop farming was designed and fabricated to properly manage cover crops that are an integral component of soil conservation systems.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

143.06

MULTISTAGE CROP ROLLER

A two stage roller was designed and fabricated to terminate cover crops which are an integral component of no-till conservation system.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

23.10

PTO POWERED MICRO-ROLLER/CRIMPER FOR MECHANICAL TERMINATION OF COVER CROPS USING A WALK-BEHIND LIMITED-POWER GARDEN TRACTOR

A PTO-powered micro-roller attached to a self-propelled walk-behind garden tractor, was designed and fabricated to  terminate cover crops in no-till and/or organic vegetable garden/small farm.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

24.11

COVER CROP RESIDUE MANAGER

The residue manager deflects cover crop stalks and flattens cover crop residue during a no-till or minimum-till agricultural planting process.

thomas.valco@ars.usda.gov   joseph.lipovsky@ars.usda.gov

 

 

 


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