Ronald T. Schuler, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1972)

Emeritus Professor: Power and Machinery, Conservation Tillage

Agricultural Engineering Building
Room B20
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 262-0613
Fax: (608) 262-1228
E-mail: rschuler@wisc.edu

Program Affiliations

Education and Certificates

  • B.S., Agr., 1963, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.S., ME, 1963, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., Agr. Engr., 1967, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ph.D., Agr. Engr., 1972, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Fields of Interest

  • Agricultural Field Machinery
  • Remote Sensing
  • Conservation Tillage
  • Soil Compaction
  • Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Farmers with Disabilities
  • Youth Development-Mechanical Sciences

Publications

  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Anhydrous Ammonia Applicator Calibration, Team Grain
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Machinery Management for Reducing Soil Compaction. 2004 Symposium and Joint Meeting of Professional Nutrient Applicators of WI, WI Custom Operators, and WI Forage Council. Pp.9-13.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. How’s Your Forage Equipment Impacting Compaction. Hoard’s Dairyman, April 10, 262-3.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Calibrating a Grain Drill for Soybeans. WI Crop Manager. 11(5) 25.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Low Cost Compaction Strategies. WI Crop Manager. 11(12) 69.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Future of Forage Harvesting: Capacity, Dryings Rates, and Sensors. Presented at the 2004 American Forage and Grasslands Council Meeting, In the Proceedings, 4 pp.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Minimizing the Impact of Wheel Traffic in Forage Crops. Forage Focus, Midwest Forage Association. May,2004. p. 8.
  • Schuler, R. T. 2004. Crop Processing Adjustment for Corn Silage, Forage Focus, Midwest Forage Association, August, 2004, p.8.
  • Schuler, R. T. and M. E. Novak. 2004. Adapting Farm Equipment for Workers with Disabilities. SAE Paper 2004-01-2704. Presented at the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition, Oct. 26-28, Rosemount, IL. 6 pp. (Peer-reviewed for presentation, accepted for publication in the Transactions of SAE)
    Schuler, R. T. 2004. Determine engine health with an oil analysis. WI Crop Manager. 11(27).
  • Schuler, R. T. 2003. Progress on Using Remote Sensing for Crop Management. Proceedings of the 2003 Wisconsin Fertilizer, Aglime and Pest Managemnt Conference. pp 70-77.
  • Wiebold, W. E. et al. 2003. The Basics of Cleaning Yield Monitor Data. North Central Soybean Research Program Web Site
  • Wiebold, W. E. et al. 2003. Developing Topographical Maps with DGPS and Their Uses. North Central Soybean Research Program Web Site
  • Wiebold, W. E. et al. 2003. Use of Historical Aerial Photos to Help Understand Within-Field Variability. North Central Soybean Research Program Web Site
  • Wiebold, W. E. et al. 2003. Meausurements and Uses of Soil Electrical Conductivity. North Central Soybean Research Program web site
  • Shinners, K. J. and R. T. Schuler. 2003. Equipment to rake and merge hay and forage, Team Forage
  • Schuler, R. T. 2002, Adding anhydrous ammonia to corn silage, Focus of Forage
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Nebraska Tractor Tests Provide Useful Management Information, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 30
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Some Fall Tillage Fuel Saving Tip, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 28
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Yield Costs/Losses Resulting from Delayed Harvest, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 27
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Fuel Saving Tips for Tractors and Self-propelled Equipment, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 26
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Fuel Saving Tips for Corn Silage Harvesting, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 25
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Combine Harvesting Adjustments in Drought Conditions, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 24
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Crop Processor Adjustment in Corn Silage Harvest, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 24, Aug. 18, 2005
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Mower-conditioner Adjustments for Rapid Forage Drying in the Field, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 12
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Impact of Increased Energy Prices on Machinery Costs, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol 12, No. 5
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Spraying Tips for Asian Soybean Rust, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 4
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Field Operation Fuel Saving Tips, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 4
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Broadcast Fertilizer Spreader Calibration, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 3
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Getting Your Planter Ready, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol. 12, No. 3
  • Schuler, R. T. 2005. Anhydrous Ammonia Applicator Calibration, Wisconsin Crop Manager, Vol 12, No 2
  • Schuler, R. T., R. H. Meyer, and L. N. Adams. 2005. AgrAbility of Wisconsin Impact Evaluation. 2005 National Institute for Farm Safety Annual Conference, Wintergreen, VA. June 26-30
  • Schuler, R. T., R. H. Meyer, and L. N. Adams. 2005. National AgrAbility Project Demographic Analysis: Serving Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities ASABE Paper 055014, 2005 ASABE Annual Meeting
  • Schuler, R. T., M. Sage Mach, and R. Buchele. 2005. Start Your Engines Series. (Crank It Up, Warm It Up, Tune It Up, Leader’s Guide) 4-H Cooperative Curriculum Service
  • Webendorfer, B., J. W. Pingry, J. Derricks, R. T. Schuler, and R. P. Wolkowski. 2005. A Guide to Managing Crop Residues in Corn and Soybeans. USDA-NRCS GWQ029
  • Sudduth, K.A., N.R. Kitchen, W.J. Wiebold, W.D. Batchelor, G.A. Bollero, D.G. Bullock, D.E. Clay, H. L. Palm, F.J. Pierce, R.T. Schuler, K.D. Thelen. 2004. Relating Apparent Electrical Conductivity to Soil Properties Across the North-Central USA. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 46 (2005) 263-283

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • UW-Extension Career Award, 2005
  • Peterson Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Extension Specialist Award 2004
  • Fellow, ASAE, 2004
  • Leadership Award, Wisconsin Cooperation Extension, 2001
  • Forest R. McFarland Award, SAE, 1998
  • Career Achievement Award, Wisconsin Section of ASAE, 1997
  • Second Mile Award, Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents, 1995
  • ASAE member, 1963-present
  • Registered Professional Engineer, North Dakota
  • National Institute for Farm Safety
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Expertise Summary

Professor Schuler serves as the statewide extension specialist in agricultural field machinery focusing primarily on machine performance. The machines of primary interest are conservation tillage machines, forage harvesters, and tractors. Conservation tillage machine selection and operation are important in controlling soil loss due to erosion. For forage harvesting, the quality of the forage is of particular interest especially with the availability of new machine designs. Tractor selection and operation have impact on soil compaction, which may create crop yield reduction.

Other extension activities have been in the agricultural safety and health area with particular interest in providing education and assistance to farmers with disabilities. More than 1000 Wisconsin farmers with disabilities have received direct assistance during the past twelve years. Youth programs in tractors and small engines provide an opportunity to conduct safety training.

His research has been in the area of precision agriculture dealing with remote sensing of agricultural production fields and sensors for sensing soil moisture with a moving tillage implement and variable application of animal manure. Remote sensing data have been collected on seven crop production fields to evaluate the use of this data to identify yield-limiting problems during the growing season. A soil water content time domain reflectivity (TDR) sensor was designed into a tillage element, which permitted the collection of geo-referenced soil water content data in a crop production field.