An undercutter tillage implement used for primary spring tillage in the Horse Heaven Hills, plus fertilizer injection in mid-April during the fallow year. Blowing dust emissions are reduced by 70% with undercutter tillage versus traditional tillage methods. Photo: Bill Schillinger.
"Despite the modest grain yield potential, wheat farming in this
environment can be profitable—with enough acreage and judicious use of
inputs to manage costs."
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.
WSU Dryland Research Station
PO Box B
Lind, WA 99341