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Crop Thinning Machine optimizes agricultural yield.

Press Release Summary:

Tractor mounted and power take-off driven computer-automated Crop Thinning Machine (CTM) utilizes optical technology to locate plants and to thin out any neighboring plants that are growing too close, helping farmers obtain optimal agricultural yield. Available in 4-, 6-, and 8-row unit models, each machine is operated via touch-screen controls at speeds of up to 3 mph, and operation is unaffected by weather and time of day.

Original Press Release:

CEMCO, Inc. Introduces its Crop Thinning Machine as a Solution for Global Agricultural Labor Shortages

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 11 -- CEMCO, Inc., a 45 year industrial equipment manufacturing company, today announces the introduction of its computer automated Crop Thinning Machine (CTM). Modern day agricultural producers depend upon hundreds of hired laborers to meet critical crop processing deadlines. Changes in immigration laws and new guidelines on human contaminates in crops make labor shortages the greatest threat to today's agricultural economy. The CTM is unaffected by weather, time of day, illness, immigration laws, pay rate, and lowers risks of crop contamination. CEMCO is working to develop a wide range of computer automated solutions to alleviate these problems.

"This CTM is the answer to the present day labor shortages; it does a great job of thinning New Mexico Chile. There is no other choice." -- Glen Duggins (Five Star Chile Farms)

The CTM uses state of the art optical technology to locate plants and to thin out any neighboring plants that are growing too close. Over-planting and then thinning is a method most farmers use to obtain an optimal agricultural yield. The CTM is an attachment that is tractor mounted and Power Take-off (PTO) driven. The CTM has simple to use touch screen controls than can be operated from the cab of a tractor. By using the touch screen controls an operator can customize the thinning process and plant spacing to achieve desired results.

The CTM is available in an 8 row unit model, a 6 row unit model and a 4 row unit model and can operate at speeds up to 3 MPH. Each row unit on the CTM has a plant detecting optical sensor and a cutting blade that functions independently from all of the other row units. CEMCO programmed the CTM on board computer to make logical decisions based on data from the plant detecting sensors to prevent over thinning of crops.

The CTM will begin its 'hands-on tour' at Booth Machinery in Yuma, AZ from October 29th to November 2nd. Contact CEMCO at 505-864-1200 for information on when the tour will be coming to your area.


CEMCO is a 3rd generation family owned and operated business that has established itself as the worldwide leader in Vertical Shaft Impact Crushing technology since its inception in 1962. CEMCO manufactures and distributes the family of CEMCO Turbo Vertical Shaft Impact Crushers in approximately 21 countries worldwide. CEMCO, Inc. offers full scale engineering services, a large capacity machining operation, CNC, robotic and computer automated custom metal fabrication as well as industrial equipment manufacturing services.

CONTACT: James B Turk, C.F.O. of CEMCO, Inc., +1-505-864-1200,

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