Quality of western Canadian canola 2015

Preliminary quality data

Summary tables by grade by province, as at December 16, 2015

Comments on the quality data for western Canadian canola, as at December 16, 2015

To date, the 2015 harvest sample program received 2002 samples, which include 432 from Manitoba, 905 from Saskatchewan and only 665 from Alberta and Bristish Columbia. Approximately 91% of the canola samples were graded as Canola, No. 1 Canada; however as this is preliminary, later arriving samples may be graded lower due to green seed or other damages.

This year, Canola, No. 1 Canada has a mean oil content of 44.3% (8.5% Moisture basis), which is slightly higher than last year’s mean of 44.2 (8.5% Moisture basis). The ten-year mean for Canola, No. 1 Canada is 44.3% (8.5 Moisture basis).

Crude protein levels, for Canola, No. 1 Canada, averaged 20.9% (8.5% Moisture basis) which is higher than last year’s mean year’s mean of 20.2% (8.5% Moisture basis), and to the ten-year average of 20.5% (8.5% Moisture basis). The protein content on an oil free basis is 40.4% (8.5% Moisture basis) which is higher than last year’s mean of 39.0% (8.5% Moisture basis) and is similar to the ten year mean of 39.7% (8.5% Moisture basis).

Currently, Canola, No. 1 Canada has a mean chlorophyll content of 11.7 ppm which is lower than last year’s mean of 13.3 ppm and is below the ten-year average of 14.0 ppm. However there are some differences from region to region where some areas may show higher chlorophyll content than others.

This year’s crop is showing a similar iodine value with a mean of 113 units when compared to last year’s mean of 112.2 units. The ten-year average for iodine value is 113.4 units.

Glucosinolate content for this year has a mean of 10.8 micromoles/g (8.5% Moisture basis), which is similar to the ten-year average of 9.8 micromoles/g (8.5% MB).

These results reflect Canola, No. 1 Canada which has been submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission as of December 16, 2015.