Two new stations and recruits in Orange and Queensland regions

Orange NSW new station

The temperate climate, set between major cities and abundance of agricultural industries make Orange, NSW the perfect location for Staphyt to set up one of it’s newest bases.
Orange is located in the Central Tablelands region of NSW, Australia, and is situated 254km from Sydney, 760km from Melbourne, 974km from Brisbane and 279km from Canberra. The NSW Department of Primary Industries is also based in Orange.

Site manager Neil Adams states the Orange base fills a significant gap in the market.

“For many years Staphyt has had no site in NSW, which means no site between our locations in Melbourne and Toowoomba,” Neil said.

“The Staphyt team were often forced to travel long distances to conduct trials in the region, or to subcontract trials to get fieldwork done in NSW.
This new site places us in close proximity to the vibrant agriculture sector in Orange, and gives us the opportunity to provide local clients with a wide range of services and trials.”

Neil joins the Staphyt team as the new Site Manager and brings 23 years’ experience in research trials through his previous work with Eurofins Agroscience. He brings a great deal of expertise in broadacre, horticulture and is at home in the orchard, vineyards and fields of the Central NSW region.

From Orange, Staphyt will also be able to service trials in the Sydney Basin and Western Plains regions, as well as late-season studies in the cooler conditions of the Tablelands region.
The red, basalt-derived earth of the region nurtures a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops, including tomato, eggplant, capsicum, artichoke, sweet corn, cabbage, brassica vegetables, beetroot, watermelon, potato, lettuce and stone fruit to name just a few.

“We can provide clients with a wide range of crops and situations, from dryland and irrigated broadacre, summer and winter crops to intensive horticultural fruits, vegetable, herbs and turf,” Neil said.
“Field and protected structure growing systems are also available.”

Studies available through the Staphyt Orange base:

  • Horticulture efficacy, safety and GLP residue
  • Cropping efficacy, safety and GLP residue
  • Potential for plant breeding

Control of sclerotinia in canola near Molong NSW – Control of aphids and transmission of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) near Maroota NSW.

Neil ADAMS
Site Manager Orange NSW

 

Far North Queensland new station

Far North Queensland – stretching between the Atherton Tablelands and the Eastern Coastline – has long been renowned for its high-quality agricultural crops.  From bananas and mangoes, to avocado, papaya, exotic tropical fruits and sugarcane, the diversity in climate and topography of the region lends itself to agriculture.

Staphyt is seizing on the opportunity to work with clients in this diverse region, setting up a new base in far north Queensland.

“The region is a major producer of sugarcane, and integral horticultural crops like bananas, mangoes, papaya, lychees, peanuts, coffee, cocoa, exotic potatoes and on a lesser scale pumpkins, watermelons, turf and rice”, new Site Manager Andrea Bryan said.
“This region’s climate is diverse and is generally dependent on elevation and distance from the East Coast, with both rainfall and temperature quite variable.  There are also two distinct seasons – the ‘wet’ (November – March) and the ‘dry’ (April – October). 

Andrea said rainfall and temperature was a tale of two stories in the region.
“For the coastal region around Innisfail, the mean temperature range is between 19-28 degrees, with a mean average rainfall of 3470mm falling during the wet season,” she said.
“By contrast, the Atherton Tablelands has a mean temperature range between 15.7 – 25.6 degrees, and the mean rainfall is 1370mm.  This region experiences cool, dry winters, with possible frosts.”

Andrea said there was strong client demand for new trails in North Queensland, and the new site will also offer greater flexibility to move trials from Bundaberg and Toowoomba.

“Far North Queensland also features high pest pressure” Andrea said. 

Trials to be conducted in this region are efficacy and GLP trials in a range of crops and cropping systems in both tropical and temperate species.

Andrea has joined the Staphyt team as the new Site Manager. She is a born and bred North Queenslander, having been raised in Rockhampton.  Having developed an interest in agriculture as a child through her father’s job as a CSIRO research technician in cattle breeding on Belmont station, Andrea said she knew this was the direction she wanted to take her own career.

“My three siblings and I spent a lot of school holidays and weekends on the station working, camping, and enjoying the outdoors,” Andrea said.
“I developed a passion for agriculture and horticulture and natural resources management from this time on.” 

Andrea has worked and studied in the agriculture, horticulture and natural resource management field in Far North Queensland for the past 23 years, having worked for BSES/SRA (Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Sugar Research Australia) Terrain NRM (Terrain Natural Resource Management) and Cairns Regional Council.

“I have a great passion for tropical agriculture and a love for camping and travel.  I am looking forward to establishing the Staphyt Office in Far North Queensland and being involved in field research in various agricultural and horticultural settings within the region,” she said.

Andrea BRYAN
Site Manager Far North Queensland

Andrea Bryan: In field water sampling for chemical residual measurements

Plant whole stalk sugarcane experimental trial

Planting experimental sugarcane progeny assessment trials