Pest management record-keeping duties shift with computerization
Mary Louise Flint, Department of Entomology, and Director of IPM Education & Publications
Eileen Cullen, Department of Entomology, UC Davis
Eric E. Zilbert, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis
Frank G. Zalom, Department of Entomology, UC Davis; UC Statewide
Gene Miyao, UC Cooperative Extension
Richard L. Coviello, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County
California Agriculture 52(4):27-31. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v052n04p27.
Computer software has been widely adopted in the tomato processing industry for maintaining pest management records. Although computers have not reduced the time necessary to complete record-keeping requirements, they have shifted some of the burden from growers to pest control advisers (PCAs). Most records kept are pesticide use records required by law or by processors, and the legally required written recommendation. There is little evidence that computer software is being used to maintain or analyze field scouting data.
M.L. Flint is Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology, and Director of IPM Education & Publications, UC Statewide IPM Project, UC Davis; E. Cullen is Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, UC Davis; E. Zilbert is Research Agronomist, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis; F.G. Zalom is Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology, UC Davis, and Director, UC Statewide IPM Project; G. Miyao is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Yolo County; R. Coviello is Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County. This project was sponsored by the California Tomato Research Institute with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We wish to acknowledge the assistance of our advisory committee, which included, in addition to the two junior authors, Chuck Rivara, Tomato Research Institute/Processed Tomato Foundation; Kimberly Crum, California Agricultural Production Consultant's Association; Robert Curtis, Campbell's Soup/Processed Tomato Foundation; Robert Mullen, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County; and the assistance of the California Tomato Growers' Association and the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association for help in obtaining mailing lists.