This has been an odd season for the Plant Clinic. Cool, wet weather and late planting resulted in a slow spring in the lab. Now that we should be winding down, samples continue to pour in, as you can see in the image. The Plant Clinic will be open through September 15th, which will be here before we know it. This date is firm. We will accept any samples through September 15th. Although the lab will be closed to the public beginning the 16th, staff will continue working until all samples are completed.
Still, staff members have begun to cut hours as classes at the University of Illinois gain momentum.
Plant questions should be directed to local Extension offices. If those resources are unable to help, state specialists may be recommended. Illinois Extension offices also have access to Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI). This system is free of charge and involves taking digital images of the plant problem and uploading them at the Extension office. These images and a data form are sent electronically to Extension specialists throughout the state for feedback.
Once again, thank you to many of you for using the Plant Clinic lab services. We look forward to working on some new testing to offer in 2009.