Reference books for vegetable crop scouting

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

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.

Potato Field Guide: Insects, Diseases and Defects. 2004. E. Banks (ed.). 170 pages.

Disease

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.

A couple of the newest:

The Compendium of Tomato Diseases, Second Edition (2014). Also available in Kindle and iBooks editions or online through an APS subscription package.

The Compendium of Sweetpotato Diseases, Pests, and Disorders, Second Edition (2013). Also available in Kindle and iBooks editions or online through an APS subscription package.

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

Insects

Good Garden BugsGood 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

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

Weeds of the NortheastWeeds 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.

Weed ID Guide for Ontario Crops. 2016. M. Cowbrough, F. Tardif, J. Letarte. 260 pages.

See Resources on weed management for more.

Nematodes

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

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(updated March 2017, March 2016, April 2015, March 2014; January 2012)

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