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Arkansas Plant Health Clinic exclusively digital during COVID-19 precautions

Arkansas Plant Health Clinic accepts only digital samples for diagnosis. Continues to return phone calls, emails and diagnoses

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Plant Health Clinic will accept only digital samples while the division observes social distancing precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure.

The clinic will continue to return phone calls and emails, and will diagnose plant health problems from digital images, said Sherrie Smith, plant diagnostician.

Accurate diagnosis requires high-quality, full-resolution photos. Smith said take photos from as close as possible and in sharp focus. The images can be submitted through the clinic’s online submission form: https://uaex.formstack.com/forms/ask_pest_crew.

Also, those who have a clinic account may also be submitted through its distance imaging site: dddi.uaex.edu, Smith said.

Those who don’t have an account can go to that link and request an account via a link under the login fields, Smith said.

Once social distancing precautions are lifted, the clinic will return to accepting samples through county Extension offices or from walk-ins to the clinic on the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville.

For questions, contact Smith at 479-575-2727 or by email at ssmith@uaex.edu. For more information, visit the clinic website: https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/plant-health-clinic/.

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