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
1, 2, 3
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
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
The Center for GrazinglandsandRanch
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.