Leslie research facility

Site Details

Research Facility NameLeslie Research Facility Wellcamp & Kingsthorpe field sites
Research Facility Address13 Holberton Street Toowoomba Wellcamp Field Station - 381 Drayton - Wellcamp Road, Toowoomba. Kingsthorpe Field Station - 292 Gowrie Mountain School Road, Kingsthorpe.
Telephone07 4529 1411 -
Coordinates/GPS at office27o32’02” S 
151o56’09” E
Wellcamp 27o33’54” S 151o51’51” E 
Kingsthorpe 27o30’50” S 151o46’46” E
Climate (Temperature max & min, Annual Rainfall)Warm temperate Temp range : 2 – 38c, average max 28c, min 17c
Annual Rainfall : 725mm to 1000mm on eastern ranges
Warm temperate Temp range : 2 – 38c, average max 28c, min 17c
Annual Rainfall : 725mm to 1000mm on eastern ranges
Topography (Brief description)Well elevated easily sloping red soil lot

Overview of the Site

Leslie Research Facility at 13 Holberton Street Toowoomba is a multi-functional site over 7 hectares that acts as a service provider since 1962 for plant breeding and agronomic studies on grain crops throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales. The Facility provides office accommodation, laboratories, glasshouses, grain processing and farm facilities with full irrigation capacity.

The facility is supported by two local external trial sites at Wellcamp (24hectares) and Kingsthorpe (12 hectares) forming a total area of 36 ha comprising of Waco cracking clays (alkaline).

Staffing on site includes extensive expertise in the conduct of cropping research trials, analysis of grain quality, Biotechnology and Biometry services.


General Facilities

The site has built facilities which include an administration office with accommodation for 60 staff, conference and meeting rooms. General storage, specialist machinery and sheds with a mechanical work shop and chemical stores are also on site. Laboratories are supported by a processing facility, cold storage including dehumidified storage and specialist equipment such as growth rooms, dehydrators, grinding rooms and analytical equipment.

The site has a wide range of mobile equipment including tractors, trucks, planters, sprayers and cultivators required to support research and grow a broad range of grain crops on these sites and at collaborator locations.

Specialised Infrastructure

Controlled Environments

  • Glasshouses : 6 x glasshouses of varying dimensions and configurations with a total footprint of 1000m2, convection temperature controlled, pot plant benches, irrigation systems
  • Head house with sterilizer, contained spray booth and tank, soil storage, potting and washing facilities
  • Processing facility with forklift / truck access providing undercover threshers, 6 x cold rooms, laboratories, plant growth rooms / cabinets and dehydrators
  • Chemical store and contained spray booth with secure underground waste tanks

Laboratories, processing facilities and conference room

  • Laboratories:
    • Biotechnology : DNA analysis of plant breeding characteristics for selected genotypes
    • Analytical assessment of grain characteristics eg: Wheat, Barley and others
  • Seed stores : dehumidified seed store ( long term ) and cold rooms
  • Conference rooms : to seat up to 30 guests and meeting room

Hail meshed land plots with Irrigation

  • 3.5 hectares under hail mesh on red clay soils with known historical use
  • Pumping and irrigation : bore x 1 ( Leslie ) and town and rain water stores, bores x 2 ( Wellcamp ), Bore x 1 ( Kingsthorpe )
  • Irrigation pipe

Specialised Plant & Equipment

GPS guidance tractors: John Deere 6120, New Holland T404, New Holland T6-150

Plot harvesters

  • 2 X Kew harvesters for large seed increase
  • 3 X Kew harvesters for in cab bagging of whole plot capture up to 16 m2
  • 1 X Wintersteiger harvester for in cab bagging, in cab sub sampling, onboard weighing, moisture and hectoliter weights.

Trial Planters

  • Planter used for long fallow trial running for over 50 years. Used for fertilizer application on farms
  • Planter for yield trials mainly on the inner Darling Downs with 250 mm row spacing. Designed for 6 m to 9 m plots.
  • Planter for yield trials and NVT trials in Central Queensland and Western Downs with 375 mm row spacing. Designed for 6 m to 9 m plots.
  • Planter for nursery applications. Cassette planter for planting of 4 rows at 50 cm row spacing with separate varieties per row. Also used for Crown Rot and Common Root Rot trials for application of inoculum.
  • Planter for fertilizer trials. Fitted with a fertilizer cone, 2 x seed boxes and Brush type precision seed meters.

Fertiliser applicators

  • TPL fertilizer spreader
  • TPL 3.5 m Gyral with Norsden fertilizer box

All trial planters can apply starter fertilizer and nitrogen fertilizer in the one pass

Cultivation machinery: 2 X Gyral cultivators 2.4m,2 X Grizzly offset disc 2.4m,2 X Bonel chisel 3m,John Deere chisel 2.4m,Reversible one way disc 1.5m, Gessner deep ripper 2.4 m

Pest and Pathogen Control


  • Ute mounted 18 m sprayer
  • ATV trailer mounted 10 m sprayer
  • ATV 6 m sprayer
  • Inter-row covered sprayer 2m
  • Covered sprayer 2 m


  • Self-contained trucks and trailers equipped to freight machinery to cultivate, precision plant and harvest within south east and central Queensland and northern New South Wales
  • Utes – support vehicles

Sample Processing

  • Dryers
  • Soil and plant material grinders
  • Stationary threshers

Research Focus

The Leslie Research Facility is a service provider positioned to negotiate and deliver RD&E within:

  • new grain and pulse cultivars/germplasm lines such as mungbean, chickpea, maize, sorghum, oats and barley that are increasingly tolerant to diseases, pests and drought and with improved market qualities for farm businesses and industry to increase yields and improve productivity and sustainability of broad‐acre crops.
  • innovative pest, disease, nematode and weed management technologies and strategies for farm businesses and industry to reduce yield loss and improve productivity and sustainability of broad‐acre crops.
  • innovative technologies and farming systems for farm business and industry to enable sustainable broad‐acre cropping rotations.