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Iowa State streamlines the submission process, making it easier to diagnose crop issues.

May 16, 2017

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USER-FRIENDLY: Asking the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic to identify insect pests, and crop or garden plant problems is now simpler.

What’s the name of that bug you found in your cornfield or your garden this morning? Is it an insect pest you should be concerned about? What’s the matter with this soybean plant? Does it have a disease, or do those symptoms indicate a nutrient deficiency? The place to get correct answers to these questions and more is the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Ames.

It is now simpler for Iowans to submit insects and plants for identification and diseases for diagnosis. To streamline the process, the ISU clinic has updated and simplified submission forms for receiving requests for diagnosis for plant problems and identification of insects, plants or mushrooms.

The Plant Nematode Sample Submission Form, PIDC 0032, and Sample Submission Form, PIDC 0045, are available through the ISU Extension Store and through the clinic website. These two forms replace six forms that were previously available for submitting samples.

Forms for submitting samples
“These are the forms that must accompany any samples sent to the clinic,” says Laura Iles, director and ISU Extension entomologist with the clinic. “The forms provide the information we need to diagnose samples sent in by our clients, and we wanted to make sure the forms are as user-friendly as possible.”

Clients who are submitting samples to the clinic will also find a change in the billing policy. Money no longer needs to be submitted with the sample; clients will be billed at the time of diagnosis.

The ISU clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems and identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden and home. In operation for over 50 years, the clinic helps Iowans diagnose and identify about 1,500 samples each year.

“We are the first step people should take before attempting to manage any plant or insect problem,” Iles says. “A proper initial diagnosis will ensure that the management practices employed will work. We try to emphasize that approach, rather than have people guessing what the problem might be and applying a pesticide. You should send us a sample so we can properly diagnose the problem. We can then provide you with the best management information for your specific plant or insect problem. Applying unnecessary pesticides will not solve your problem and leads to negative environmental and human health impacts.”

Source: Iowa State University


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