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Help for troubled plants at U of I Agronomy Day

Published July 19, 2012

URBANA – If you have a plant in need of expert help, bring it to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic booth during the U of I 2012 Agronomy Day on August 16. Diagnosticians in the areas of plant disease, insect, and weed identification will be on hand.

A support fee is typically charged for all samples submitted for to the Plant Clinic for diagnosis, but visitors are invited to bring one plant sample (no soil samples) to Agronomy Day for a free diagnosis. Requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The goals of the U of I Plant Clinic are to provide service to the citizens of Illinois by serving as a source of unbiased diagnosis of routine, unusual, and exotic plant problems and to provide educational support to manage those issues. The clinic, under the direction of Suzanne Bissonnette, also represents Illinois in the North Central region of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).

“NPDN’s goal is to provide rapid, accurate diagnoses of exotic pests, select agents, and other introduced insects, pathogens, and weed threats,” Bissonnette said.

The Plant Clinic booth will be located in the large tent at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center off St. Mary’s Road on South Wright Street Extended in Urbana. Agronomy Day will begin at 7 a.m., with free 1-hour tours departing every half hour until noon.

Agronomy Day attracts more than 1,000 people each year to find out the latest information on technology and techniques to improve food and fuel production. For more information on speakers and displays, like University of Illinois Agronomy Day on Facebook or go to