Kvithamar Research Station is located in the municipality of Stjørdal. The station lies in an active agricultural close to the Trondheim fiord. It is representative for the soil types and climatic conditions of the agricultural area of this region. At the same time, it has close links with and proximity to many large research institutes in Trondheim.
- 22 hectares of well-mapped, clay loam soil with varying humus content, distributed between 19 fields (grass-cereal rotation), in use for trials since 1924.
- 23 hectares of well-mapped silty/sandy loam with low humus content, distributed between 21 fields, some in continuous cereals and arable, and some in grass.
- An internationally recognised phenological garden with both deciduous and evergreen tree species, in which continuous observations have been recorded since 1964.
- 12 hectares of organically managed land, established in 1993.
Technical facilities and installations
- Automatic weather station with data from 1988 to the present
- Soil water monitoring stations on both soil types
- A field lysimeter for measuring runoff
- Greenhouses – 1656 m2 – distributed between 3 houses and 19 individually light/climate regulated growth chambers (17-68 m2)
- A new climate computer, pollination facilities in some growth chambers, curtains for short day regulation, irrigation tables, CO2-regulating facility
- An approved quarantine department. A fertilizer mixer supplying two course to all growth chambers.
- Plenty of lighting equipment, also LED.
- A cool store for storing/growing plants and crops with or without light.
- Laboratory, ultra-deep freezer (-80 °C), freeze-dry equipment.
- In vitro laboratory, with sterile benches and growth chamber for tissue culture.
- Grain/seed laboratory for analysis of moisture, bulk weight, 100 grain weight and falling number.
- Hot- and cold-air drying facilities for grain, seed and forage.
- Equipment for grinding and milling of biological samples.
- Freeze testing of plants with a programmable unit for time and temperature.
- Incubator (can also maintain freezing temperature), + 1 climate cupboard.
- Soil sampling equipment (tractor mounted rig for deep sampling, various soil augers, pF-cylinders, soil sieves etc etc).
- Storage tank for animal slurry.
Technical field equipment
- Field trial equipment suitable for establishing and harvesting plot experiments in both forage crops and cereals.
- Equipment for spreading animal slurry.
- A wide range of tractors and implements for tillage, fertilizing, sowing and harvesting on a larger scale.
Local regional networks and cooperation partners
NTNU, NINA, Artsdatabanken, Bygdeforskning, Trøndelag forskning og utvikling, CeBES (Senter for biologisk mangfold og økosystemtjenester), Miljødirektoratet, Vitenskapsmuseet, SINTEF, Landbruk 21 Trøndelag, Kompass 2030, NLR Trøndelag, NORD Universitet, Mære Landbruksskole, PRONEO, Tine, Fylkesmannen, Fylkeskommunene, Kommuner, Bondelag