Farthing is a vigorous cultivar with high yield potential producing in the mid-late part of the season, with a dense, compact canopy and heavy flowering.
Cultivar name: Farthing (selection code FL00-75)
Recommended for Florida: yes
FL region best adapted to: north-central Florida (although may also do well in certain areas of central Florida with sufficient chilling)
Production system: deciduous
Hydrogen cyanamide: recommended; mid-high doses required for good production
Machine Harvestability: possible; has performed well in trials and grower-reported machine harvesting
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
o North Central FL (2018-2019): 7.1 – 10.9 lbs/plant, average 8.7 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: algal stem blotch
Known insect damage susceptibility: some susceptibility to gall midge injury has been observed.
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 212 – 263 g/mm, average 227 g/mm, higher than Emerald
o Berry Weight: 1.9 – 3.1 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 17.1 – 20.0 mm, average 17.7 mm, smaller than Emerald, similar to Arcadia
o Brix: 10.1 – 12.4, average 11.8, higher than Emerald
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 20.4 – 52.1, average 28.6, similar to Emerald
o Fruit scar: normal (small and dry), similar to Emerald
o Wax/bloom: medium, similar to Emerald
o Fruit defects: none observed
o Flavor Score: 23.4 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)
o Aroma: none
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Magnus, Patrecia, Primadonna, San Joaquin, Vireo, Wayne
Other information: Farthing is vigorous and survives well in commercial fields. It has a dense canopy with dark green foliage and is not tall. Produces numerous flower buds and flowers very heavily. The berries of Farthing are potentially very large on plants that have a light crop, but the typical heavy crop reduces berry size somewhat. The berries are high in most fruit quality components, and berry firmness is exceptionally good. Because of the high crop load typical of Farthing, the harvest continues for 6 weeks, similar to Emerald. Farthing is partially self-incompatible and may require cross pollination for full fruit set.
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Performance 2018-2019 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)