This multiplayer game was developed for the University of Arizona’s Pest Management Center to teach growers in California, Arizona and west Texas about collaborative strategies to reduce the economic impact of lygus bug infestations on cotton crops. The simulation is used as part of a multi-player training program conducted at local farmer community centers. The underlying model is based on the university’s current data about lygus bug impacts and current economic factors.
The simulation has three key interfaces – a wizard for setting up parameters (geographic location, crops available, lygus data, economic data), an instructor interface for leading a training session (where they select and load data from the wizard), and the main grower interface for planting and reviewing outcomes. Growers see differences in crop yield and profit when they plant in isolation versus when they collaborate to organize their crops in ways that can reduce infestations levels with reduced amounts of chemicals.