Bug Scout 1982
Calculated Pest Control Hard to Compute
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
I see you finally came up with a way to use the computer to kill insects!
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January 16, 1982

Home computers are becoming quite common around farm operations.  These electronic marvels can be used to keep records, calculate livestock rations, or design a plan for the home garden.  The kids can even use the computer to play video games.  However, when it comes to pest management, most home computers have little to offer.
Universities use computers to run pest and crop models and predict pest-related losses.  Computers can also be used to calculate heat units for use in predicting pest populations.  Computer models can test pest management strategies.  But at the present the computer is still mainly a research tool for pest management.

While the computer may be a valuable tool around the farm, its role in pest management is limited.  Unless, of course, you use the computer as a fly swatter.  But then it's an expensive fly swatter!

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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