Quality of western Canadian canola 2014
For Canola, No. 1 Canada, the 2014 mean oil content (44.2%) was lower than the 2013 average (44.8%). This average is lower than the record average observed in 2011 (45.2%). However, this average is close to the 5-year average (2009 to 2013) of 44.5%. The oil content mean in Manitoba (43.3%) was lower than in Alberta-Peace River (44.1%) and Saskatchewan (44.5%). The oil content of individual Canola, No. 1 Canada samples harvested in 2014 by producers across western Canada ranged from 39.3% to 48.9% in Manitoba, 38.7% to 50.9% in Saskatchewan and 38.9% to 49.1% in Alberta.
Oil content for Canola, No. 2 Canada (43.3%) was lower than for Canola, No. 1 Canada, (44.2%). Oil content for Canola, No. 2 Canada samples from western Canada ranged from 37.5% to 48.8%.
Oil content is influenced by both genetics and environment. For any known canola variety cool growing conditions will give higher oil content when compared to hot growing conditions.
Mean oil content of commercially clean canola exports of Canola, No. 1 Canada was 43.3% in November 2014 and averaged 43.8% for the August to October 2014 exports. Oil content averages were lower in non-commercially clean exports (43.2 % for August to November 2014 exports) when compared to oil content of commercially clean Canola, No. 1 Canada exports for the same period (43.8%). Oil content means for the actual shipping season is slightly lower than what was observed for the last shipping season (43.8% versus 44.0%). It is expected that the mean oil content of Canadian exports will be in the 43.0-44.0% range for most of the 2014-15 shipping season.
|Number of samples||Oil contentFootnote 1 %|
|Canola, No. 1 Canada|
|Western CanadaFootnote 3||1588||44.2||38.7||50.9|
|Canola, No. 2 Canada|
|Western CanadaFootnote 3||249||43.3||37.5||48.8|
|Canola, No. 3 Canada|
|Western CanadaFootnote 3||76||43.1||38.7||48.1|
|Canola, Sample Canada|
|Western CanadaFootnote 3||42||42.6||39.7||48.5|
Canola, No. 1 Canada - harvest samples, 2000–2014
Oil content of the seed (%, at 8.5% moisture)
- Footnote 1
8.5% moisture basis
- Footnote 2
Includes part of the Peace River area that is in British Columbia
- Footnote 3
Values are weighted averages based on production by province as estimated by Statistics Canada
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