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Reference books for vegetable crop scouting

Reference books for vegetable crop scouts -- some suggestions
Reference books for vegetable crop scouts — some suggestions

(updated April 30, 2015, March 10, 2014; January 8, 2012)

As mobile and connected as the world is getting with smart phones and tablet computers, there’s probably still a place for the good old fashioned reference book — especially those full of photos of crop pests and disorders.  I have a small crate of “picture books” that I keep in my vehicle during the growing season and bring in to my office for the winter.

I often get asked, “Where can I buy this book?”, so here’s a list of sources for some of my favourites (and some that are on my Christmas list).

Crop Health and Integrated Pest Management

Tomato Health Management. 2012. R. M. Davis, K. Pernezny, and J. C. Broome, editors. 191 pages.

Northeast Pepper IPM Manual. 2001. T.J Boucher and R.A. Ashley, editors. 136 pages.

  • From University of Connecticut Integrated Pest Management (US$, shipped from US)
  • http://bit.ly/1IrUj4D

Integrated Pest Management for Tomatoes (Fourth Edition). 1998. M.L. Flint. 118 pages.


Vegetable Diseases: A Colour Handbook. 2007. S.T. Koike, P. Gladders, and A.O. Paulus. 448 pages.

Compendium of Tomato Diseases, 2nd EditionCompendium of Plant Disease series, eg. Compendium of Brassica Diseases, Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases, Compendium of Pepper Diseases, and many more.

*** New in 2014***  The Compendium of Tomato Diseases, Second Edition. Also available in Kindle edition.

*** New in 2013 ***  The Compendium of Sweetpotato Diseases, Pests, and Disorders, Second Edition. Also available in Kindle edition.

A Colour Handbook. Tomato Diseases: Identification, Biology and Control (2nd Edition). 2012. D. Blancard. 688 pages.

Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada. 1994. R.J. Howard, J.A. Garland and W.L. Seaman, editors.  Available online in PDF version. 554 pages.

Plant Diseases and Their Management in Organic Agriculture



Good Garden Bugs

Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol

Vegetable Insect Management. 2005. R. Foster and B.R. Flood. 264 pages.

  • From Meister Media , but no longer listed on their site.
  • Older edition, Vegetable Insect Management with an Emphasis on the Midwest (1995), is listed on Amazon.



Weeds of the Midwestern United States and Central Canada. 2010. C.T. Bryson and M.S. DeFelice, editors. 427 pages.

Weeds of the Northeast

Weeds Of The Northeast. 1997. R.H. Uva, J.C. Neal and J.M. DiTomaso. 397 pages.

Identification guide to the weeds of Quebec. 1999. CPVQ (editor). 253 pages.


Plant Nematodes of Agricultural Importance: A Color Handbook. 2007. J. Bridge and J.L. Starr. 128 pages.

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2 comments on “Reference books for vegetable crop scouting

  1. Clark Aitken

    Hi Janice, DO you have any extra books that we can buy or do order from their web

    • Hi Clark

      No, I don’t have any extra copies. You can order from their websites, but you can also check the Canadian online bookstores (they might have certain ones available) or the University of Guelph bookstore.

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