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Mobile

Mobile cultivar

Average nut quality of test trees.

# Nuts / lb. % Kernel Kernel quality breakdown Specific gravity
   % Fancy % Standard % Amber   
66 40% 6% 26% 9% .67

History

Also known as Laurendine and Batey's Perfection. 'Mobile' pecan appears to have originated as a seedling from a planted nut at Bayou Labatre, Ala. about 1887.

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.

This old cultivar is a classic example of overproduction of poorly filled kernels in the "ON" year and few nuts the next. It averaged only 40% kernel and 61% fill. It must have looked good somewhere as a young tree, because there were many of them planted in the early orchards in Georgia. Sparks, 1992 claims 'Mobile' is possibly the worst cultivar ever disseminated. I have an old 'Mobile' tree in my yard and would have to agree with this opinion.

Production record of test trees beginning in year planted

'Mobile' 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* = 0.68

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