Quality of western Canadian canola 2016 - Protein content

Protein content

Crude protein content averages were 20.0% for Canola, No.1 Canada, 21.3% for Canola, No. 2 Canada and 19.9% for Canola, No. 3 Canada.  Average protein seed content for Canola, No. 1 Canada was lower in 2016 (20.0%) than in 2015 (20.7%).  This is slightly lower than the 5-year average (20.2%)(Table 1). Protein content of individual producer samples ranged from 16.4 to 26.0% for Canola, No. 1 Canada samples and from 16.8 to 26.2% for Canola, No. 2 Canada samples.(Table 3)

Average protein of Canola, No. 1 Canada commercially clean exports was 20.2% in December 2016.  Average protein was 20.5% for commercially clean Canola. No. 1 Canada exports from August to November 2016 (Table 6).  Protein content averages for the actual shipping season are slightly higher to what was observed for last shipping season (20.9% for August 2015 to July 2016).  From August to December 2016, non-commercially clean exports of Canola. No. 1 Canada had a seed protein content average of 19.8% at 8.5 % moisture (Table 6).

2016 protein content calculated to an oil-free meal at 12% moisture basis was 37.4%, which is significantly lower than what was observed in 2015 (38.6%) and lower than the 37.7% calculated for the 5-year average (Table 1).  The calculated protein content of the oil-free meal (100% defatted at 12% moisture) was much higher in Alberta-British Columbia (38.0%) than in Manitoba (37.8%) and in Saskatchewan (36.9%).  The Canadian Oilseed Processors Association's meal trading rules requires that calculations for protein claims must be reported on a 12% moisture basis,  to enable comparisons (Table 1, Figure 8).  It is to be understood that the reported value is only an indication since this is the maximum meal protein content that could be obtained when a crushing plant is able to extract 100% of the oil from the seeds.

The calculated protein content average of oil-free meal was 37.2% at 12.0% moisture for December 2016 commercially clean exports of Canola, No. 1 Canada.  The meal protein content average for the August-November 2016 exports was also 37.5% (12% moisture).  These results are about 0.5 to 0.8% lower than what was observed during last shipping season, the average being 38.0% (12% moisture) for commercially clean exports of Canola, No.1 from August 2015 to July 2016 (Table 6).

It is expected that the protein content of Canadian exports will be slightly lower than what was observed during last year shipping season.

Figure 7 Canola, No. 1 Canada - harvest samples, 2000 to 2016 - Protein content of the seed (%, at 8.5% moisture)

Protein content of the seed.Details below

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    Protein content of the seed (%, 8.5% moisture), 2000 to 2016
    Year Protein content of the seed
    (%, 8.5% moisture)
    2016 Data
    2015 20.7
    2014 20.2
    2013 19.8
    2012 21.3
    2011 19.6
    2010 20.1
    2009 19.9
    2008 20.8
    2007 21.7
    2006 21.0
    2005 20.5
    2004 21.5
    2003 23.3
    2002 23.2
    2001 22.3
    2000 21.0

Figure 8 Canola, No. 1 Canada - harvest samples, 2000 to 2016 - Protein content of the meal (%, at 12% moisture)

Protein content of the meal.Details below

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    Protein content of oil-free meal (%, 12% moisture), 2000 to 2016
    Year Protein content of oil-free meal
    (%, 12% moisture)
    2016 Data
    2015 38.2
    2014 37.5
    2013 37.0
    2012 38.8
    2011 37.1
    2010 37.3
    2009 37.0
    2008 38.5
    2007 39.4
    2006 39.3
    2005 38.0
    2004 39.1
    2003 41.0
    2002 41.4
    2001 40.0
    2000 38.1
Table 3 Protein content - 2016 harvest - Canola quality data by grade and province
Number of samples Protein contentFootnote1
Mean Minimum Maximum
Canola, No. 1 Canada
Manitoba 417 20.6 16.4 24.8
Saskatchewan 806 19.6 15.6 26.0
Alberta-British ColumbiaFootnote2 604 20.5 15.1 26.0
Western CanadaFootnote3 1827 20.1 15.1 26.0
Canola, No. 2 Canada
Manitoba 12 22.4 20.7 24.7
Saskatchewan 15 20.0 16.8 22.7
Alberta-British ColumbiaFootnote2 24 21.9 19.1 26.2
Western CanadaFootnote3 51 21.3 16.8 26.2
Canola, No. 3 Canada
Western CanadaFootnote3 11 19.9 18.0 21.4
Canola, Sample Canada
Western CanadaFootnote3 26 20.0 17.1 25.6
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