Walkamin research facility
|Research Facility Name||Walkamin research facility||Kairi field site|
|Research Facility Address||6302 Kennedy Highway, Walkamin||193 State Farm Road, Kairi|
|Telephone||07 4091 9300|
|Site location||Walkamin - 14 km north of Atherton on Kennedy Highway, 70 km west of Cairns, opposite the township of Walkamin||Kairi field site - Located 12 kms northeast from the Atherton on the shores of Lake Tinaroo|
|Coordinates/GPS at office|| 17o07’59” S |
|17o13’15” S |
145o34’02” E - 700m altitude
|Climate (Temperature max & min, Annual Rainfall)||Rainfall average is 760mm (Walkamin) and 1290 mm (Kairi) with 70% falling between October and March. Sub-tropical with cool dry winters. Frost may be experienced during winter months|
|Topography (Brief description)||Mareeba granites and Hodgkinson metamorphic and level to undulating basalt soils||High clay red soils (ferrosols) up to 20m deep|
Overview of the Site
- Shadehouse – Walkamin has one Shadehouse with a floor space of 220m2 to provide controlled watering regimes and minimizing direct sunlight and temperature.
- Cold rooms - Temperature and humidity controlled with 60m2 of floor space. Freezer room of 20 m2 with the ability to maintain at -18 degrees.
- Processing facility – This facility supports the peanut and tropical maize variety and agronomy trial work conducted in North Queensland. The plant includes; large and small driers, pre-cleaners and seed prep areas and storage.
- Seed stores – Various locations on the site designed to store seed and plant samples until processing is undertaken.
- Conference rooms – The Research Facility has a standalone self-contained conference center that seats up to 50 people in a table format and 120 with chairs only. The center has built in amenities, kitchen and outdoor entertaining area. Two other conference rooms are located in the administration building.
- Irrigation is available at Walkamin and Kairi field site, it is supplied from SunWater’ s p;Tinaroo Dam and the facility has a combined total of 497 ML. Irrigation water is delivered through a network of underground mains and applied through overhead sprinkler, trickle tape or a lateral boom irrigator.
- Replicated, fully bird-netted ponds
- Large number and variety of tanks for holding and carrying out replicated experiments on live marine organisms
Specialised Plant & Equipment
- GPS guidance – Trimble Auto steer systems fitted to one of the tractors located on site.
- Plot harvesters –KEW and Massey plot headers fitted with a carousel sample system (1 operator), manual bag out and bulk bin, ideal for a wide range of summer and winter grains and legumes. Self-propelled and stationary threshers also used for peanut variety and agronomy trials and seed increase applications.
- Bulk Harvesters – The harvester is equipped with auto weigh cells and sub sampler suitable for large trial areas of maize.
- Plot planters –Ability to plant variety trials in wide range of broad acre crops to suit various plot length and lay out designs.
- Bulk planters – Various other planters are located on site with ability to plant small and large areas of a wide range of broad acre crops.
- Tilt tray trucks – Ability to transport a wide range of plant and equipment to service project trial sites throughout Northern Queensland.
- Seed and plant dryers – drying equipment located on site with the ability to service small bagged samples and larger bulk material on pellets if needed.
- Plant and seed processing equipment – Various seed cleaners and harvesters suitable for a range of crop types – maize, peanuts and grasses/legumes.
- Mango Breeding
- Small Tree High Productivity Initiative - Mango
- Australian peanut genetic improvement program.
- Tropical Entomology Research
- Coffee Germplasm Research
- Smart Forests
- Plantation Hardwood Research Fund
- Pasture and Legume Research and Storage
- Fruit Fly Development Program
- Maize and Sweetcorn Germplasm Research and Storage
- The Freshwater Fisheries Aquaculture Centre (FFAC) although not fully functioning has traditionally conducted research directed towards the sustainable development of Queensland’s aquaculture and fisheries sectors. Freshwater fisheries research is aimed at sustainably improving the performance and value of Queensland’s freshwater fisheries.
- Leucaena PDS and assessment of psyllid tolerant hybrids
- Tropical lucerne variety assessment
- Intensive seed production of broadly-adapted native grasses (RIRDC)
- Project aimed at developing varietal and agronomics for establishing a sustainable pigeon pea industry throughout Queensland and other cotton growing areas.
- Agronomic and pest management focus with field and glasshouse experiments
- Maize yield assessment.
- Germplasm Storage