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Brooks


Average nut quality of test trees.

# Nuts/ lb. % Kernel Kernel quality breakdown Specific gravity
    % Fancy % Standard % Amber  
89 44 % 20 % 21 % 3 % .77

History

A seedling selected from Brooks County, Georgia. While never a popular cultivar, 'Brooks' distinctive shape lives on in its progeny 'Caddo' which is recommended for Georgia.

Comments

*Note: This is an older cultivar planted in the Old Variety Test at the Tifton Campus. Trees were planted decades ago when care was very different than it is now, and trees received much less care, so production data will reflect this fact. Trees began receiving insecticides in 1962, fungicides in 1970, nitrogen in 1962, and drip irrigation in 1975. The data for this cultivar was collected by several individuals, but the bulk of the data and the comments are from my predecessor Dr. Ray Worley. This information was originally published here: Worley and Mullinix, 1997.

Small football-shaped nut, spreading tree, very productive. It was planted on an edge of the orchard that subjected it to loss from predators; nuts are easily carried off by birds. Strong tendency to alternate years of heavy production. Kernels are nice in that even when they aren't well filled, they shrink down and make a solid kernel. Cracks out well. Seems to have good insect resistance. The funny shape and small size kept it from ever having become popular. Not recommended.

Production record of test trees beginning in year planted

'Brooks' production from the Old Variety Test. Each colored line represents the yearly production in pounds of nuts from an individual tree beginning the year planted.

Alternate Bearing Intensity*= 0.56

*Computed from mature trees using data from years after trees began receiving fertilizer and pesticide sprays.