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Submitting Turf Samples
This article was published originally on 6/16/2003
The activity of fungal pathogens, insects, and the weather can result in similar symptoms on turf. Diagnosing turf health problems can be difficult if a good sample, detailed information, and a photo of the overall symptoms are not provided. An accurate diagnosis is needed to implement a management practice that will improve the situation.
When submitting samples to a laboratory for diagnostic assistance, please follow these recommendations: Collect entire plants, including the root system.
Include important background information, such as: 1. When did the problem first occur?
Turf samples for disease diagnosis can be mailed to the Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic, 323 Bessey Hall, Ames, IA 50011. There is a $10 fee for diagnosis. The telephone number of the Plant Disease Clinic is 515-294-0581. Please call if you have any questions. Samples also can be submitted to the Plant Disease Clinic through your local county extension office.
Year of Publication:
IC-489(14) -- June 16, 2003