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(21) Application Number:KElP/ 2007/000655   
        
(22) Filing Date: 19/04/2006   
       
(30) Priority data: 1028815  19/04/2005    NL

(86) PCT data PCT/NL06/000203    19/04/2006 wo 200611 12700    26/10/2006

(73) Owner: Precision Drip B.V of Burgemeester Crezeelaan 40, NL-2678 KX De Lier, Netherlands.

(72) Inventor: MULDER, Jan, Albert of Oleander 37, NL-2671 NP Naaldwijk, Netherlands

(74) Agent/address for correspondence:Hamilton  Harrison & Mathews, ICEA Building,Kenyatta Avenue, P.O. Box 30333-00100, Nairobi

(54) Title: THE PLANTING OF PLANT MATERIAL

(57) Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for treating seeds (7) or for planting seeds and/or plantable material in a substrate (1) having at least one planting position. The method comprises treating the seeds

(7) and/or planting material with a treatment substance (6) by depositing the treatment substance (6) at the planting position. The method further comprises depositing the seeds (7) and/or the plantable material at the planting position. The method further comprises also providing depositing means (4, 5) for depositing the treatment substance (6) and/or the seeds and/or the plantable material. The method further comprises also displacing the substrate (1) and the depositing means (4, 5) relative to one another. The method further comprises also providing a control for driving the depositing means(4,5) to deposit sequentially specimens of the seeds (7) and/or the plantable material and/or a dosed amount of treatment substance ( 6) for deposition thereof at the planting position.

THE  PLANTING  OF  PLANT  MATERIAL

The  present  invention  relates  to  a  method  aft~ a

5    device for the treatment and especially planting see&.."andTor plantable material, such as for instance, though not exclusively, seeds, seedlings, etc.

Such  a  method  and  device  are  known  from  e.g.  US-

2004/0.231 .. 575,  where  seeds  are  deposited  in  a  trench  or

10    furrow, and treatment substance is deposited in correspondence with a location, where individual seeds are expected to drop in the furrow.

In the technology of planting plants it is known to pretreat seeds and/or plantable material, i . e . that for

15    planting the plantable material a treatment can be performed. Then a treatment agent, such as a fungicide, a pesticide, bacteria, etc. or a growth promoting substance, in the form of a coating"can be applied'on the seeds, seedlings, etc.

Alternatively  it  has  been  proposed  to  deposit  seeds

20    or seedlings, etc. and treatment substance separately and approximately simultaneously on a planting position in order to thereby obviate the need to apply a coating on seeds,

seedlings,    etc.

The  present  invention  relates  to  an  improvement  to

25    this last named alternative in the form of a method and a device according to respectively claim 1 and claim a.

With a method and a device according to the present invention it is possible to realize a very fast process of seeding and/or planting wherein seeds, seedlings, etc. and

30    separately therefrom also treatment substances can be deposited in an arbitrary sequence or simultaneously in or on

plantable material are put into the intended planting position and/or that the treatment substance is put into the envisaged planting position. In embodiments, wherein both of the seed and/or planti-ng material and the treatment substance

s    are to be deposited in a planting position, and wherein according to the present invention the depositing trajectory, etc., is taken into account, it is ensured that not only a

specimen of the seed and/or the plantable material is deposited into at least one of the planting positioru..-,.,..-cu-.o:

10    also  a  predetermined  amount  of  treatment  substance.

The  present  invention  comprises  several  pref~An •

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embodiments, such• as these are defined in the dependent• claims 2-7 and 9. !t is obvious, that these preferred embodiments are not limiting on the present invention. For an

15    example claim 2 relates to the feature, that the method is performed in a continuous movement, essentially without interruptions, when displacing the depositing means and the substrate relative to one another. As such it is possible to

ensure,    that  the  speed  of  the  process  can  be  increased

20    considerably, without dimin~shing the security, that upon each desired planting position a specimen of the seed and/or

plantable  material.is  deposited,   together  with  a  dosed  or

desired  amount  of  treatment  substance.

In  many  possible  embodiments  the  substrate  will  be

25    displaced relative to the depositing means. As such the device having depositing means can be arranged in a stationary manner and substrates can be fed there trough with the relative displacement speed to arrange therein seeds and/or plantable material and to simultaneously provide a

30    desired amount of. treatment substance at each planting position in the substrate. This, however, does not exclude, that the present method can also be performed in an open

field or in the natural ground, where~ ' T <I«e is interpreted as the soil.

A substrate can be a layer of fibrous material comprising for instance stone wool fibres, pot ground, cocos

5    fibres, etc. with rows of planting positions arranged therein, where the depositing means comprise essentially corresponding rows of depositing elements. As such, at every

planting  position  in  a  row,  a  specimen  of  the  seed  and/or  the

plantable  material  can  be  deposited,   together  with  a  dosed  or

10    desired amount of treatment substance. Such a substrate can for instance be made from fibrous material, known as a tray

with rows of planting positions at well defined intermediate distances, which are for instance equal to the distances between the planting positions in every row. The depositing

15    elements ta.ke.care of depositing the seed and/or the plantable material and/or the treatment substance. In such an embodiment the rows can be arranged in a transversal orientation relative to the displacement direction, where the

depositing  elements  are  controlled  by  the  control  to

20    simultaneously and in correspondence with the rows deposit numbers of specimens of the seeds and/or the plantable

material and/or the dosed amounts of treatment substance. As a result at all planting positions in a row a specimen of the seeds and/or the plantable material and/or the treatment

25    substance can be deposited and optimum use can be made of holders of a substrate, that are known as trays, such as plates of fibrous material.

It  is  noted,   that  especially  in  case  where  depositing

both  a  specimen  of  the  seeds  and/or  the  plantable  material  as

30    well as a desired amount of treatment substance at a planting position is desired, the control can take into account differences in the,depositing trajectory, the depositing speed, etc., for different properties of the seeds and/or the

plantable materials and the drop shaped, granular shaped or powder shaped treatment substance in relation to the weight or the air resistence thereof.

As  already  has  been  noted  herein  above,  the  present

s    invention also in itself relates to a device for performing the method according to the present invention.

SEE FtJRTHER FROM PAGE 4, LINE l, OF THE PRESENT APPLICATION AS ORIGINALLY FiLED.
 
CLAIMS

1.    Method  of  treatment  and  seeding  or  planting

5    of seeds and/or plantable material in a substrate with at least one planting position, comprising in an arbitrary sequence:

treating  the  seeds  and/or  the  plantable  material  with  a

treatment  substance  by  depositing  the  treatment  substance  in

10    or at the planting position with the aid of treatment depositing means; and

depositing the seeds and/or the plantable material at the planting position with the aid of seed depositing means;

displacing  the  substrate  and  at  least  one  of  the

15    treatment depositing means and the seed depositing means relative to one another,

CHARACTERISED  BY

providing  a   substrate  having  at  least  two  planting

positions    formed  independently  from  the  method  in  advance

20    thereof at a pre-defined distance in the direction of relative displacement; and

controlling the treatment depositing means and the seed depositing means for depositing at least one specimen of the

seeds  and/or  the  plantable  material  and  a  desired  amount  of

25    treatment substance for deposition thereof at the pre-defined planting positions on the basis of at least one of the aspects from the group, comprising: a depositing trajectory, a depositing time, and a speed of movement of the depositing means relative to the substrate.


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2.    Method  according  to  claim  1,  wherein  said

substrate  is  in  the  form  of  a  tray.


3. Method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said controlling of the treatment depositing means and the seed depositing means is on the basis of the depositing time and the speed of movement of the depositing means relative

5    to  the  substrate.


4. Method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said controlling of the treatment depositing means is on the basis of the depositing time and the speed of movement of

10    the  treatment  depositing  means  relative  to  the  substrate.


5. Method according to any one of the claims 1-4, wherein said depositing of the seeds and/or the plantable material is followed by said depositing of the treatment

15    substance.


6. Method according to any one of the claims 1-5, wherein said depositing means are arranged in a stationary manner.

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7. Method according to any one of the claims 1-6, further comprising displacement in a continuous movement, essentially without interruptions, of the depositing means and the substrate relative to one another.

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8. Method according to any one of the claims 1-7, further comprising: displacement of the substrate relative to the depositing means.


30 9. Method according to any one of the claims 1-8, where the treatment substance is chosen from the group, comprising: fungicide, pesticide, plant growth promoting substance, bacteria.
 


10. Method according to any one of the claims 1-9, where the seeds and/or the plantable material is chosen from the group comprising seeds and seedlings.

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11. Method according to any one of the claims 1-10, where the substrate comprises a plate of fibrous material, with rows of planting positions and wherein the seed depositing means and the treatment depositing means are

10    in  corresponding  rows.

12. Method according to claim 11, wherein the fibrous material is stone wool fibres, pot soil or cocos fibres.

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13. Method according to any one of the claims 1-12, where rows of planting positions are oriented transversely relative to the direction of displacement with rows of seed depositing elements and treatment depositing

20    elements, which are driven by a control to simultaneously deposit a number of seeds and/or the plantable material and a desired amount of treatment substance in correspondence with the number of planting positions in each of the rows.


25 14. Device for treatment and seeding or planting of seeds and/or plantable material in at least one substrate with at least one planting position, comprising:

treatment depositing means to treat the seeds and/or the plantable material with a treatment substance by

30    depositing the treatment substance in or at the planting position; and

seed depositing means to deposit the seeds and/or the plantable material at planting positions;


transport means for relative movement of the substrate and at least one of the treatment depositing means and the seed depositing means relative to one another, CHARACTERISED IN THAT

5 the substrate has at least two planting positions formed independently in advance at a pre-defined distance in the direction of relative displacement; and

a control for the treatment depositing means and the seed depositing means for depositing at least one specimen

10    of the seeds and/or the plantable material and a desired amount of treatment substance for deposition thereof at the pre-defined planting positions on the basis of at least one

of the aspects from the group, comprising: a depositing trajectory, a depositing time, and a speed of movement from

15    the  depositing  means  relative  to  the  substrate.


15. Device according to claim 14, wherein said substrate is in the form of a tray.

20 16. Device according to claim 14 or 15, further comprising means for achieving a step in the method in accordance with any one of the claims 3-13.

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