Diagnostic and testing services in Arkansas
Arkansas offers many testing and diagnostic services to its residents and farmers, some free of charge.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Fayetteville campus is home to the Water Quality Laboratory, which processes samples from irrigation sources and reservoirs, the Plant Health Clinic, which provides diagnosis of plant diseases, and the Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory, which provides diagnosis of nutrient toxicity or deficiency in plants and soil.
We also provide water quality testing for aquaculture at the Lonoke Agricultural Center, nematode testing at the Arkansas Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, and has several locations throughout the state for diagnosing diseases in fish.
The Arkansas Department of Health offers testing for harmful bacteria which can be found in drinking water or irrigation water to be used in horticultural crops and rabies testing for animals suspected of being infected with the rabies virus.
The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is home to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which is used primarily by veterinarians and producers to obtain cause of death in animals.
Below, you will find contact information for each of these services provided in our state. Additional services may be available. Contact your local county extension agent for more information.
What happens to your soil sample? Watch this virtual tour of the Soil Testing Laboratory in Marianna to find out the process of delivering your soil test results and recommendations.
How do I collect a pond water sample? Staff from the Arkansas Water Resources Center take you through the process.
- MP154 Arkansas Plant Disease Control Products Guide
The MP154 is an annual publication that contains the latest in product options for plant diseases and nematodes.
- Fact Sheets for Aquaculture
The Southern Regional Aquaculture maintains a collection of over 150 fact sheets on aquaculture-related topics ranging from alligator culture to freshwater prawns, indoor recirculating systems to water gardens, and pond construction to leaky ponds.
Have questions or issues and don't know where to turn? Your county extension office can point you in the right direction. Find your county office.