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||+61 7 4091 9300||+61 7 4182 1800|
|Site location||14 km north of Atherton on the Kennedy Highway, 70 km west of Cairns, opposite the township of Walkamin||12 kms northeast from the Atherton on the shores of Lake Tinaroo|
|Coordinates (GPS at office)||17o07’59”S, 145o24’59”E||17o13’15”S, 145o34’02”E, altitude 700m|
|Climate||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||Mareeba granites and Hodgkinson metamorphic and level to undulating basalt soils||High clay red soils (ferrosols) up to 20m deep|
The Walkamin Research Facility and the associated field site at Kairi leads and innovates in a wide range of scientific research and development (R&D). Incorporating diverse aspects of irrigated and high rainfall tropical farming systems as key drivers to improving much of the Queensland tropical horticulture and cropping environment.
- Shadehouse – Walkamin has one shadehouse with a floor space of 220m2 to provide controlled watering regimes and minimising direct sunlight and temperature.
- Cold rooms - Temperature and humidity controlled with 60m2 of floor space. The freezer room has 20m2 of floor space 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 preperation areas and storage.
- Seed stores – Various locations on the site designed to store seed and plant samples until processing is undertaken.
- Conference rooms – The 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 water from Tinaroo Dam is available at both Walkamin and the Kairi field site which have a combined allocation of 497ML. Irrigation water is delivered through a network of underground mains and applied through overhead sprinkler, trickle tape or a lateral boom irrigator.
Specialised plant and 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
- Leucaena producer demonstration site and assessment of psyllid tolerant hybrids
- Tropical lucerne variety assessment
- Intensive seed production of broadly-adapted native grasses
- 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