Please read the following changes to our operations due to COVID-19:

  • We encourage you to submit your samples digitally and we will ask for a physical sample if needed. You can email us photos or try our sample submission app.
  • We are open for walk-in clients from 9:00 to 12:00 Monday - Friday. Please wear a mask, keep a 6-foot distance from staff and other clients, and wash your hands before and after visiting our lab.
  • We do not process human-related insect identification samples such as scotch tape samples from skin, hair, or other tissue samples. Insect identification samples must be a visible insect or arthropod that can be placed in a collecting jar or vial.
  • Refer to the updated MSU policies on COVID-19 for more information.


Do you need help with a plant problem?

Services provided by the Schutter Diagnostic Lab include diagnosis of plant diseases, insect damage, and environmental plant problems, as well as visual assessment of herbicide injury to plants. We also provide identification services for plants, insects, and mushrooms and give management recommendations when needed.


Services and Fees page

 We charge fees for out-of-state samples and select services

Sample Submission page

Instructions and tips for sending samples to Schutter Lab

Digital Diagnosis page

Try our new app to submit digital images for diagnosis

Submission Forms page

Fill out one of these forms to include with your sample


Integrated Pest Management Success Stories

Watch two new videos about Schutter Diagnostic Lab assisting with IPM in Montana.

Streamline Farms

Streamline Farms is a hydroponic greenhouse with a focus on organic production of beefsteak tomatoes. They utilize IPM tactics to manage pests and disease in this controlled environment.  Watch on Youtube

Museum of the Rockies

Melissa Dawn is the Assistant Registrar of the Museum of the Rockies. She describes the IPM tactics that have been put into place at the museum to protect the cultural history collection.  Watch on Youtube


Diagnostic News

To keep informed about trends and current issues in Montana agriculture and urban environments see the links below. You can also sign up to receive these alerts by text and/or email.


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