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Title: Measuring spatial variability in soil characteristics

Abstract

The present invention provides systems and methods for measuring a load force associated with pulling a farm implement through soil that is used to generate a spatially variable map that represents the spatial variability of the physical characteristics of the soil. An instrumented hitch pin configured to measure a load force is provided that measures the load force generated by a farm implement when the farm implement is connected with a tractor and pulled through or across soil. Each time a load force is measured, a global positioning system identifies the location of the measurement. This data is stored and analyzed to generate a spatially variable map of the soil. This map is representative of the physical characteristics of the soil, which are inferred from the magnitude of the load force.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [2]
  1. (Rigby, ID)
  2. (Idaho Falls, ID)
  3. (Hampton, VA)
  4. (Ashton, ID)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
OSTI Identifier:
874952
Patent Number(s):
6497153
Assignee:
Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) INEEL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
measuring; spatial; variability; soil; characteristics; provides; systems; methods; load; force; associated; pulling; farm; implement; generate; spatially; variable; map; represents; physical; instrumented; hitch; configured; measure; provided; measures; generated; connected; tractor; pulled; time; measured; global; positioning; identifies; location; measurement; data; stored; analyzed; representative; inferred; magnitude; /73/

Citation Formats

Hoskinson, Reed L., Svoboda, John M., Sawyer, J. Wayne, Hess, John R., and Hess, J. Richard. Measuring spatial variability in soil characteristics. United States: N. p., 2002. Web.
Hoskinson, Reed L., Svoboda, John M., Sawyer, J. Wayne, Hess, John R., & Hess, J. Richard. Measuring spatial variability in soil characteristics. United States.
Hoskinson, Reed L., Svoboda, John M., Sawyer, J. Wayne, Hess, John R., and Hess, J. Richard. Tue . "Measuring spatial variability in soil characteristics". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/874952.
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title = {Measuring spatial variability in soil characteristics},
author = {Hoskinson, Reed L. and Svoboda, John M. and Sawyer, J. Wayne and Hess, John R. and Hess, J. Richard},
abstractNote = {The present invention provides systems and methods for measuring a load force associated with pulling a farm implement through soil that is used to generate a spatially variable map that represents the spatial variability of the physical characteristics of the soil. An instrumented hitch pin configured to measure a load force is provided that measures the load force generated by a farm implement when the farm implement is connected with a tractor and pulled through or across soil. Each time a load force is measured, a global positioning system identifies the location of the measurement. This data is stored and analyzed to generate a spatially variable map of the soil. This map is representative of the physical characteristics of the soil, which are inferred from the magnitude of the load force.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2002},
month = {1}
}

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