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 the 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/


To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu or follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.


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