William F. Schillinger

Professor and Scientist

WSU Dryland Research Station
PO Box B
Lind, WA  99341
Phone 509-235-1933

Curriculm Vita (pdf)


Ph.D., Agronomy, Oregon State University, 1992
M.S., Agronomy, University of California at Davis, 1983
B.A., Communications, Eastern Washington University, 1974


Dr. Schillinger is principal investigator of three multi-disciplinary long-term dryland and irrigated cropping systems experiments. His research interests include: conservation-till and no-till farming methods to control wind erosion, increased cropping intensity in typical wheat-fallow areas, water stress physiology of wheat, ecology of Russian thistle (Salsola iberica), epidemiology of the fungal root pathogen Rhizoctonia solani in no-till soils, alternative crops, and soil and residue management practices to increase water storage and efficient use of precipitation.

Recent Publications (since 2010)


Zobeck, T.M, and W.F. Schillinger (eds.). 2010. Soil and Water Conservation Advances in the United States. Soil Science Society of America Special Publication 60, Madison, WI.

Book Chapters

Schillinger, W.F., R.H. McKenzie, and D.L. Tanaka. 2011. Barley production in North America. p. 241-251.  In S.E. Ullrich (ed.) Barley: Improvement, Production, and Uses. Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Ames, Iowa.

Schillinger, W.F., R.I. Papendick, and D.K McCool. 2010. Soil and water challenges for Pacific Northwest agriculture. p. 47-80.  In T.M. Zobeck and W.F. Schillinger (eds.) Soil and Water Conservation Advances in the United States. Soil Science Society of America Special Publication 60, Madison, WI.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hansen, J.C., W.F. Schillinger, T.S. Sullivan, and T.C. 2019. Soil Microbial Biomass and Fungi Reduced with Canola Introduced Into Long-Term Monoculture Wheat Rotations. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:1488.

Schillinger, W.F. 2019. Camelina: Long-term cropping systems research in a dry Mediterranean climate. Field Crops Research 235:87-94.

Schlatter, D.C., N.C. Paul, D.H. Shah, W.F. Schillinger, A.I. Bary, B. Sharratt, and T.C. Paulitz. 2019. Biosolids and Tillage Practices Influence Soil Bacterial Communities in Dryland Wheat. Microbial Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-019-01339-1

Sharratt, B.S., A.C. Kennedy, J.C. Hansen, and W.F. Schillinger. 2018. Soil Carbon Loss by Wind Erosion of Summer Fallow Fields in Washington’s Dryland Wheat Region. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 82:1551-1558.

Hansen, J.C., W.F. Schillinger, T.S. Sullivan, and T.C. Paulitz. 2018. Rhizosphere microbial communities of canola and wheat at six paired field sites. Applied Soil Ecology 130:185-193.

Sharratt, B., and W.F. Schillinger. 2018. Soil properties influenced by summer fallow management in the Horse Heaven Hills of south central Washington. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 73:452-460.

Schlatter, D.C., W.F. Schillinger, A.I. Bary, B. Sharratt, and T.C. Paulitz. 2018. Dust-associated microbiomes from dryland wheat fields differ with tillage practice and biosolids application. Atmospheric Environment 185:29-40.

Schillinger, W.F., and T.C. Paulitz. 2018. Canola versus wheat rotation effects on subsequent wheat yield. Field Crops Research 223:26-32.

Pi, H., B. Sharratt, W.F. Schillinger, A. Bary, and C. Cogger. 2018. Chemical composition of windblown dust emitted from agricultural soils amended with biosolids. Aeolian Research 32:102-115.

Pi, H., B. Sharratt, W.F. Schillinger, A.I. Bary, and C.G. Cogger. 2018. Wind erosion potential of a winter wheat-summer fallow rotation after land application of biosolids. Aeolian Research 32:53-59.

Pan, W.L., W.F. Schillinger, F.L. Young, E.M. Kirby, G.G. Yorgey, K.A. Borrelli, E.S. Brooks, V.A. McCracken, T.M. Maaz, S. Machado, I.J. Madsen, J.L. Johnson-Maynard, L.E. Port, K. Painter, D.R. Huggins, A.D. Esser, H.P. Collins, C.O. Stockle, and S.D. Eigenbrode. 2017. Integrating Historic Agronomic and Policy Lessons with New Technologies to Drive Farmer Decisions for Farm and Climate: The Case of Inland Pacific Northwestern U.S. Front. Environ. Sci. 5:76. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00076

Schlatter, D.C., W.F. Schillinger, A.I. Bary, B. Sharratt, and T.C. Paulitz. 2017. Biosolids and conservation tillage: Impacts on soil fungal communities in dryland wheat-fallow cropping systems. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 115: 556-567.

Maaz, T.M., W.F. Schillinger, S. Machado, E. Brooks, J.L. Johnson-Maynard, L.E. Young, F.L. Young, I. Leslie, A. Glover, I.J. Madsen, A. Esser, H.P. Collins, and W.L. Pan. 2017. Impact of climate change adaptation strategies on winter wheat and cropping system performance across precipitation gradients in the Inland Pacific Northwest, USA. Frontiers in Environmental Science 5:23. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00023.

Schillinger, W.F., S.E. Schofstoll, T.A. Smith, and J.A. Jacobsen. 2017. Laboratory method to evaluate wheat seedling emergence from deep planting depths. Agronomy Journal 109:2004-2010. doi:10.2134/agronj2016.12.0715

Schillinger, W.F. 2017. Winter Pea: Promising new crop for Washington’s dryland wheat-fallow region. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5:43. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2017.00043.

Long, D.S., F.L. Young, W.F. Schillinger, C.L. Reardon, J.D. Williams, B.L. Allen, W.L. Pan, and D.J. Wysocki. 2016. Ongoing development of dryland oilseed production systems in northwestern region of the United States. BioEnergy Research 9:412-429.

Schillinger, W.F. 2016. Seven rainfed wheat rotation systems in a drought-prone Mediterranean climate. Field Crops Research 191:123-130.

Schillinger, W.F. and S.J. Werner. 2016. Horned lark damage to pre-emerged canola seedlings. Industrial Crops & Products 89:465-467.

Sharratt, B. and W.F. Schillinger. 2016. Soil characteristics and wind erosion potential of wheat-oilseed-fallow cropping systems. Soil Science Society of America Journal 80:704-710.

Schillinger, W.F., and D.L. Young. 2014. Best management practices for summer fallow in the world’s driest rainfed wheat region. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78:1707-1715.

Schillinger, W.F., and S.B. Wuest. 2014. Wide row spacing for deep-furrow planting of winter wheat. Field Crops Research 168:57-64.

Schillinger, W.F., and T.C. Paulitz. 2014. Natural suppression of Rhizoctonia bare patch in a long-term no-till cropping systems experiment. Plant Disease 98:389-394.

Sharratt, B.S., and W.F. Schillinger. 2014. Windblown dust potential from oilseed cropping systems in the Pacific Northwest United States. Agronomy Journal 106:1147-1152.

Guy, S.O., D.J. Wysocki, W.F. Schillinger, T.G. Chastain, R.S. Karow, K. Garland-Campbell, and I.C. Burke. 2014. Camelina: Adaptation and performance of genotypes. Field Crops Research 155:224-232.

Mohan, A., W.F. Schillinger, and K.S. Gill. 2013. Wheat seedling emergence from deep planting depths and its relationship with coleoptile length. PloS ONE 8(9): e73314.

Singh, P., H. Abdou, M. Flury, W.F. Schillinger, and T. Knappenberger. 2013. Critical water potentials for germination of wheat cultivars in the dryland Northwest USA. Seed Science Research 23:189-198.

Wysocki, D.J., T.G. Chastain, W.F. Schillinger, S.O. Guy, and R.S. Karow. 2013. Camelina: Seed yield response to applied nitrogen and sulfur. Field Crops Research 145:60-66.

Yin, C., S.H. Hulbert, K.L. Schroeder, O. Mavrodi, D. Mavrodi, A. Dhingra, W.F. Schillinger, and T.C. Paulitz. 2013. Role of bacterial communities in the natural suppression of Rhizoctonia bare patch of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79:7428-7438.

Young, D.L., and W.F. Schillinger. 2012. Wheat farmers adopt the undercutter fallow method to reduce wind erosion and sustain profitability. Soil & Tillage Research 124:240-244.

Singh, P., B. Sharratt, and W.F. Schillinger. 2012. Wind erosion and PM10 emission affected by tillage systems in the world’s driest rainfed wheat region. Soil & Tillage Research 124:219-225.

Schillinger, W.F., D.J. Wysocki, T.G. Chastain, S.O. Guy, and R.S. Karow. 2012. Camelina: Planting date and method effects on stand establishment and seed yield. Field Crops Research 130:138-144.

Singh, P., Flury, M., and W.F. Schillinger. 2011. Predicting seed-zone water content for summer fallow in the Inland Pacific Northwest, USA. Soil & Tillage Research 115-116:94-104.

Wuest, S.B., and W.F. Schillinger. 2011. Evaporation from high residue no-till versus tilled fallow in a dry summer climate. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75:1513-1519.

Schillinger, W.F. 2011. Rainfall impacts winter wheat seedling emergence from deep planting depths. Agronomy Journal 103:730-734.

Schillinger, W.F. 2011. Practical lessons for successful long-term cropping systems experiments. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 26:1-3.

Lutcher, L.K., W.F. Schillinger, N.W. Christensen, S.B. Wuest, and D.J. Wysocki. 2010.Phosphorus fertilization of late-planted winter wheat into no-till fallow. Agronomy Journal 102:868-874.

Paulitz, T.C., K.L. Schroeder, and W.F. Schillinger. 2010. Soilborne pathogens of cereals in an irrigated cropping system: Effects of tillage, residue management, and crop rotation. Plant Disease 94:61-68.

Schillinger, W.F., D.L. Young, A.C. Kennedy, and T.C. Paulitz. 2010. Diverse no-till irrigated crop rotations instead of burning and plowing continuous wheat. Field Crops Research 115:39-49.

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Farmers and researchers have been looking for an alternative crop to winter wheat in the wheat-fallow cycle for a long time, said Bill Schillinger, director at the Washington State University research station in Lind.


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