California Citrus Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2008 Page 3
tests for a total of 750,000 cartons inspected, and only one test below 8, but the official test was above 8 so there was no action taken. The county cost was $18,924 for the month of October and $47,219 for November.
Kern County: Mr. Myron Kimmel explained that in October, Kern County inspected 58 premises, and 69 lots, of which 4 were rejected for a total of 3950 containers rejected in October, a cost of $17,000. For November 1098 lots inspected at 228 houses with no rejects and none testing below 8. Mr. Kimmel went on to explain that the inspectors spent 671 hours in the field for a cost of $28,732. Mr. Kimmel continued that the actual
cumulative cost incurred by Kimmel explained that activity
was $45,735 or
was slow due
to the weather.
Fresno County: Ms. Scotti Walker explained that in October 1300 containers were inspected at 18 houses with 2 maturity tests and none rejected. Ms. Walker went on to explain that in November there were 858,000 containers inspected at 784 houses with 782 tests with only 2 below 8, each passed on the official test. The inspection hours
were 879 for a cost of $42,180 for October and November.
Dr. Rabe noted that only 34% of the budget was spent this year
. Historically what is
spent of the budget by this time of year? Mr. Steve Patton indicated that 62% of the budget had been spent for the same time period in 2007. Mr. Jensen indicated that 65- 70% of the total budget is typically expended over the total year.
ITEM 6: CONTINUATION OF MATURITY TESTING
Mr. LoBue asked the committee if there was a need to continue maturity testing. Mr. Steve Patton reminded the committee that traditionally Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are still harvesting and should continue with inspections until January or February, 2009.
Mr. Jensen inquired that when compared to last year, or traditionally, how do the number of tests below 8 compare? Ms. Kinoshita noted that there were 6 testing below 8, in 2007 and only 1 in 2008. Ms. Walker stated that there were 12 in 2007, and only 2 in 2008. Mr. Patton explained that for all of 2007 there were 47 at this time, and for 2008 there were 8.
The members continued discussions on the feasibility or necessity of continuation of maturity testing.