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Chris Gillard

Dry Bean Agronomy & Pest Management
Associate Professor

Degrees:

M.Sc Crop Production & Management - University of Guelph
B.Sc Agronomy - University of Guelph

Research Interests:

Dry beans have been a niche crop in Ontario for decades, typically offering high returns for a high level of management. My role is to shape the management techniques for this crop and provide the greatest returns for the grower.

Recent or current projects include:

  • Western bean cutworm management in dry beans, AAC FIP Funding
  • Refinement of dry bean harvest aid hervicides to protect seed quality, DIAP & CanAdvance
  • Pest Management in Dry Beans, including white mold and root rot
  • Agronomy in Dry Beans, including row width and fertility projects
  • Variety Evaluation in Dry Beans, Soybeans
  • Intensive management systems for dry beans, AAC FIP
  • Thermotherapy to manage dry bean seed-borne diseases, NSERC IPS

Research Associates:

Don Depuydt
Technician
Phone: 519-235-4075 x101
ddepuydt@uoguelph.ca
Erin Le Clair
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
eleclair@uoguelph.ca

Graduate Students:

Marina Nadj
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
nadjm@uoguelph.ca
Wendy Zhang
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
kzhang02@uoguelph.ca

Teaching:

I teach in the Agriculture and Horticulture diploma programs at Ridgetown Campus. Courses include:

Selected Refereed Publications:

L. Goudis, C. Trueman, T. Baute, R. Hallett and C.L. Gillard. Insecticide Efficacy and Timing for Control of Western Bean Cutworm in Dry and Snap Beans. J. Econ. Entom. 109(1): 188-194.

C. McCreary, D. Depuydt, R. Vyn and C.L. Gillard. Fungicide efficacy of dry bean white mold [Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, causal organism] and economic analysis at moderate to high disease pressure. 2016. Crop Prot. 82:75-81.

E. LeClair,R. Conner, D. Robinson, C.L. Gillard. Transmission of anthracnose (Colletotrichum lindemuthianum) in dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) with artificial and natural inoculum in a wet and dry canopy. 2015. Can. J. Plant Sci. 95(5):913-921.

K. Mahoney, R. Vyn and C.L. Gillad. The effect of pyraclostrobin on soybean plant health, yield, and profitability in Ontario. 2015. Can. J. Plant Sci. 95(2):285-292.

A. Friesen, R. Conner, D. Robinson, W. Barton and C.L. Gillard. Effect of Microwave Radiation on Dry Bean Seed Infected with Colletotrichum lindemuthianum with and without the Use of Chemical Seed Treatment.2014. Can. J. Plant Sci. 94(8):1-12.

Recent Publications and Reports:

2017 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2016

2016 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2015

2015 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2014 - A summary of dry bean research studies for 2014

2014 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2013 - This is a summary of 2013 research studies in dry edible beans, conducted at the Huron Research Station and Ridgetown Campus.

2013 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2011-12 - A summary of edible bean research at Ridgetown and the Huron Research Station for 2011 and 2012.

View the complete list of reports by Chris Gillard on the reports page.

For potential graduate students or partners:

I am looking for students/partners interested in applied pest management and agronomy research in field crops – specifically dry edible beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Current research questions include the interaction of planting date, plant population and row width on the yield and profitability of various dry bean market classes and the role of nitrogen fertilizer and soil health to manage root rot in dry beans. Experience in pest management and Canadian production agriculture would be useful. For more information, please email me.

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