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Get help from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service with just a click of the camera.  That's right.  Now agricultural producers as well as urban homeowners can get an answer to their problems in a matter of minutes.  It's as easy as
1, 2, 3

Feild Shot     1. Ask your County Extension Agent to take a digital picture of the problem.
He/she will take several pictures from different angles and distances .

Office     2. Your County Extension Agent can then go  to the TDD web site and submit your "virtual sample". The county agent submits  an online form over the World Wide            Web. The information form includes the client's name, address, city and county  as well as email, phone and fax number. It also contains supporting information  to assist                diagnosticians  in identifying the problem and making remedial recommendations.

3. Diagnosticians, who will  be scientists with the Texas Agricultral Extension Service, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas A&M University or other universities in Texas or another state, will receive your "sample" and "analyze" it and send an evaluation  back to your county agent.  Your county agent will  then relay the  information back to you.

Advantages:  Saves time and money.  The diagnostician can make a"virtual  ranch visit" in a matter of minutes instead of days.  The producer receives  vital information that could save crops when a fast-moving disease can wipeout a harvest.  This program will also give some comfort to urban individuals,  particularly those home gardeners with an unknown plant disease or the typical  homeowner or commercial nurserymen who need help identifying an insect ordisease.

The program is currently a 42 county pilot project.  Those counties  participating are:  Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Nueces, Victoria, Karnes,  Atascosa, Bexar, Jefferson, Harris, Fort Bend, Comal, Hays, Travis, Gillespie, Bell, Schleicher, McLennan, Tom Green,  Cherokee, Bosque, Comanche,  Glasscock, Midland, Smith, Taylor, Martin, Harrison,  Tarrant, Palo  Pinto, Dawson, Denton, Terry, Grayson, Archer, Lubbock, Wichita, Hall, Deaf  Smith, Gray, Moore and El Paso

The program is currently a free service,  but could become a fee-based offering for some future applications. It will be implemented in the areas of plant identification, plant diseases, insects and their damages, animal health and nutrition, and brush and weed management.

   The Texas Digital Diagnostic System is sponsored by the Texas  Agricutural Extension Service of the Texas A&M University Agriculture  Program through
CGRM Logo   The Center for GrazinglandsandRanch Management.

Texas A&M units participating in the program include the departmentsof Animal  Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Rangeland Ecology  and Management, Forestry  Science, Soil and Crop Science, Recreation  Parks and Tourism Sciences, Horticultural  Sciences, Poultry Science,  Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab, Plant Pathologyand Entomology and  Extension Information Technology.

For more information on how to use the
The Texas Digital Diagnostic System, contact the Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Managementat 1-888-799-4442.

News Release : New Digital Diagnostics Program to Aid Both Ag Producers and Urban Indiviuals - January 17, 2001