This fall, the Texas High Plains Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (THPPDD) in Amarillo received accreditation from the Office of the Texas State Chemist to begin mycotoxin testing.
The THPPDD laboratory is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension resource for producers, extension agents, researchers and others looking for disease testing and diagnostics for a wide variety of crops grown in the High Plains. A partner of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab based in College Station, the THPPDD works to bring meaningful testing services to its Amarillo location for High Plains producers.
After an increase in fumonisin in 2017, it became a priority for High Plains corn producers to have accredited, efficient, local testing to assist them in making final marketing decisions for their corn. The Amarillo-based lab is managed by Ken Obasa, Ph. D., an AgriLife plant pathologist, who is an ongoing cooperator for valuable TCPB-funded research every year.
“Timely and accurate mycotoxin test results can be pertinent to growers in the Texas High Plains. I applaud Dr. Obasa’s efforts to bring another testing site online to help producers,” David Gibson, executive director of TCPB, said.
According to Obasa, producers utilizing the THPPDD lab will help guide their research efforts to find innovative solutions to combat fumonisin in corn in this region.
To contact the THPPDD lab and see a full list of its testing services, CLICK HERE.