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Pests of the Rare and Familiar Part of Diagnostic Clinic at Farm Science Review

September 16, 2010

LONDON, Ohio -- Pests of both the rare and the familiar will be part of the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic activities during Ohio State University's Farm Science Review.

The event will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Specialists from the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic will be on hand throughout the show to analyze submitted samples of insects and diseases; answer questions related to field crops and landscape and garden plants; and share information on the identification and management of a variety of pests. The C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic will be located in the Extension, Education, and Research Tent on Friday Avenue of the FSR exhibit grounds.

Digital diagnostics and soybean cyst nematode will be emphasized this year.

"With soil sampling required in the fall to test for soybean cyst nematode, Farm Science Review is the perfect venue to remind farmers that soybean cyst nematode is out there and needs to be managed," said Bridget Meiring, program coordinator with the diagnostics clinic.

The digital diagnostics display will show customers the latest technology in diagnostic capabilities for the clinic. Using digital cameras, Internet and computer technology to show plant signs and symptoms to experts from all over the state and even the world may help to hasten the pace of diagnostics at the clinic.

Visitors to Farm Science Review are invited to submit samples of pests or plants suspected to have diseases to the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic during the show. For more information on the clinic and how to properly submit samples, log on to

The clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in diagnosing a myriad of pest and plant health problems. Clinic diagnosticians diagnose over 2,500 plant samples a year.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are now on sale for $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets will also be available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

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Candace Pollock
Bridget Meiring