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William F. Schillinger

Professor Emeritus

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 was principal investigator of numerous multi-disciplinary long-term dryland and irrigated cropping systems experiments during his 29-year career at WSU. His research focused on conservation-till and no-till farming methods to control wind erosion, increased cropping intensity in dryland wheat-fallow areas, water stress physiology of wheat, ecology of Russian thistle, 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 Refereed Journal Articles (since 2016)

Wuest, S.B. and W.F. Schillinger. 2022. Tillage timing to improve soil water storage in Mediterranean long fallow. Agricultural Water Management 272:107835.

Schillinger, W.F., C.G. Cogger, and A.I. Bary. 2022. Biosolids and conservation tillage for rainfed wheat farming in dry Mediterranean climates (pdf)Soil and Tillage Research 223: 105478.

Schillinger, W.F. and S.B. Wuest. 2021. Wheat Stubble Height Effects on Soil Water Capture and Retention During Long Fallow. Agricultural Water Management 256:107117.

Blackburn, A., G. Sidhu, W.F. Schillinger, D. Skinner, and K.S. Gill. 2021. QTL mapping using GBS and SSR genotyping reveals genomic regions controlling wheat coleoptile length and seedling emergence. Euphytica 217:45.

Mohan, A., N.P. Grant, W.F. Schillinger, and K.S. Gill. 2021. Characterizing reduced height mutants in wheat for traits affecting abiotic stress and photosynthesis during seedling growth. Physiologia Plantarum 172:233–246.

Cann, D.J., W.F. Schillinger, J.R. Hunt, K.D. Porker, and F.A.J. Harris. 2020. Agroecological Advantages of Early-Sown Winter Wheat in Semi-Arid Environments: A Comparative Case Study From Southern Australia and Pacific Northwest United States. Frontiers in Plant Science 11:568. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00568

Gill, K.S., N. Kumar, H. S. Randhawa, K. Murphy, A. H. Carter, C. F. Morris, R. W. Higginbotham, D. A. Engle, S. O. Guy, D. J. Lyon, T. D. Murray, X. M. Chen, and W.F. Schillinger. 2020. Registration of ‘Resilience CL+’ imazamox tolerant soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 

Hansen, J.C., W.F. Schillinger, T.S. Sullivan, and T.C. Paulitz. 2020. Decline in Soil Microbial Abundance When Camelina Introduced Into a Monoculture Wheat System. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:571178.

Porter, M.J., W.L. Pan, W.F. Schillinger, I.J. Madsen, K.E. Sowers, and H. Tao. 2020. Winter canola response to soil and fertilizer nitrogen in semiarid Mediterranean conditions. Agronomy Journal 112:801–814.

Schillinger, W.F. and D.W. Archer. 2020. Winter Triticale: A Long-Term Cropping Systems Experiment in a Dry Mediterranean Climate. Agronomy BASEL 10(11):1777.

Schillinger, W.F. 2020. New winter crops and rotations for the Pacific Northwest low precipitation drylands. Agronomy Journal 112:3335–3349.

Hansen, J.C., W.F. Schillinger, T.S. Sullivan, and T.C Paulitz. 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., J.C. Hansen, W.F. Schillinger, T.S. Sullivan, and T.C. Paulitz. 2019. Common and unique rhizosphere microbial communities of wheat and canola in a semiarid Mediterranean environment. Applied Soil Ecology 144:170-181.

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. 78:737-752.

Wuest, S.B., and W.F. Schillinger. 2019. Soil water dynamics with spring camelina in a three-year rotation in Washington’s winter wheat-fallow region. Soil Science Society of America Journal 83:1525-1532.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.


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News Articles

Researcher expects winter pea interest to soar

A researcher and a farmer agree that winter peas use less water than other crops, add nitrogen to the soil and help combat grassy weeds in a crop rotation with wheat.

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.


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


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.


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