Re: when to de-bag Liberty apple in portland
I probably would wait another week before de-bagging.
The apple maggot fly is still flying but the numbers go down dramatically about this time of the year, reaching their peak in (as I recall) early to mid-August....now, as the season progresses, the number of flies goes down.
Also, it only takes about a week to ten days, I think, for the apples to color up....you probably already have some coloring on the apples that are within your bags already. I did and I had not noticed this before. (am wondering if the exceptionally dry days and sunny days we had in August of this year of 2012 contributed to maybe allowing more sun inside of the bleached #2 white paper sacks I used).
One last reason to not be too concerned: Liberty apples, perhaps due to a McIntosh heritage, are not only more scab resistant. In the Pacific Northwest, for some reason, they seem to be more bug resistant as well.
If I am wrong about any of this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org