Don’t Skip Proper Diagnostics for Plant Diseases

Taylor Hillman Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Field & Row Crops, Forage Crops, General, Grain, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree, nut & vine crops

Steven Koike
The right diagnosis is important before treating for plant diseases and pests. Sabrina Hill reports.
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At the 2013 Plant Disease Seminar in Salinas, growers were caught up on the latest diseases and problems in many fruit and vegetable crops. But they also heard about the importance of proper diagnosis. UC Cooperative Extension Plant Pathology Farm Advisor Steve Koike says getting the right diagnosis is important on many levels.

He says with all of the new tools and technology getting the right diagnosis is not only easier now than 30 years ago, but much quicker as well.

He says it’s important to get samples and tests.