Patent Number: 6,305,303

Title: High-speed transplanter for seedlings attached to tape

Abstract: An automated transplanter has been designed for seedlings previously loaded and correctly spaced on a low tensile-strength, biodegradable tape wound on a spool. The transplanter design allowed for rapid planting of the tape with the attached seedlings while minimizing the tension placed on the tape. The design linked the unspooling of the tape directly to the ground speed of the tractor and provides for an anti-backlash mechanism to prevent the spool from free-wheeling when the tractor speed slowed quickly. Using this design, synthetic seedlings attached to a low tensile-strength tape were successfully planted at speeds up to 7.5 mph.

Inventors: Wright; Malcolm E. (Baton Rouge, LA), Davis; Leslie L. (Prairieville, LA), Gros; Brent C. (Slidell, LA), LeJeune; Stephen C. (Gonzales, LA), Mercer; William C. (Houston, TX)

Assignee: Board of Supervisors of Louisana State University and Agriculture and Mechnical College

International Classification: A01G 9/10 (20060101); A01C 11/02 (20060101); A01C 7/00 (20060101); A01C 7/04 (20060101); A01C 011/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018