Bobolink is a vigorous plant with an upright growth habit and good early leafing.
Cultivar name: Bobolink (selection code FL03-291)
Recommended for Florida: no, too late for the Florida market window.
FL region best adapted to: none
Production system: deciduous
Hydrogen cyanamide: recommended; low dose
Machine Harvestability: not recommended
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
North-central FL (2019): 8.3 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date
Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 165 – 240 g/mm, average 202 g/mm, a little higher than Emerald
o Berry Weight: 2.4 – 3.1 grams, average 2.7 grams, higher than Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 18.4 – 19.1 mm, average 18.7 mm, similar to Emerald
o Brix: 12.1 – 14.0, average 13.0, higher than Emerald
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 44.8 – 88.4, average 69.2, much high than Emerald
o Fruit scar:
o Wax/bloom: medium-high, better than Emerald
o Fruit defects: none observed to date
o Flavor Score: 25.0 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0).
o Aroma: none
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Farthing, Magnus, Patrecia
Other information: Large, high quality berries form in loose clusters, with low detachment force. Excellent survivability. Can be prone to floral bud failure (good bloom followed by fruit abortion for unknown reasons).
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Performance 2019 Season
Fruit Quality and Yield
The following plots show the most important fruit quality traits and yield, across the season.
The vertical lines in the yield plots indicate when 10%, 50% and 90% of the harvest was achieved during the season.
Dotted lines indicate the desired values for new cultivars:
Berry weight greater than 2g
Fruit Diameter greater than 14mm
Firmness higher than 150g/mm
Brix higher than 10%
TTA less than 1%
Brix/TTA higher than 14 units
Warning: Yield plot coming from harvesting of two bushes. Values may seem overestimated as all the fruit from the bush is harvested, and because this is harvest yield and no packed yield. Use this data to compare among cultivars and no to predict potential yield on your farm.
Measurements are in grams (g). To convert from grams to pounds (lb) use the following formula:
lb of fruit per bush = (g of fruit) x (0.002204)
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