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Chris Gillard

Dry Bean Agronomy & Pest Management
Associate Professor


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
Phone: 519-235-4075 x101
Erin Le Clair
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture

Graduate Students:

Marina Nadj
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
Wendy Zhang
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture


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:

2020 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Report 2019

2019 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Report 2018

2018 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2017

2017 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2016 (2017)

2016 Edible Bean Agronomy and Pest Management Research Results 2015

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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