William F. Schillinger

Professor and Scientist

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





Curriculum 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
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.

More publications (pdf)

Related Pages
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Horned larks undeterred by efforts to protect pre-emerged canola seedlings

LIND, Wash. – A mystery in east-central Washington has canola farmers vexed and researchers scratching their heads. Horned larks are turning up in droves and decimating newly planted winter and spring canola fields despite multiple efforts to deter them.


America’s Heartland

Schillinger’s research program and the Lind Dryland Research Station featured in special episode of America’s Heartland



Evaluation of New Deep Furrow Drill Prototypes for Wheat-fallow Farming



Best Management Practices for Summer Fallow in the World’s Driest Rainfed Wheat Region

LIND, Wash. – In the world’s driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.