Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2020

Oil and protein content

Oil content

Average oil content (45.6%) in Flaxseed. No. 1 Canada Western is lower than the 2019 average (46.7%) and similar to the 10-year mean (45.7%)9Figure 2). Average oil content for Manitoba (46.1%) was the same as Alberta and higher than Saskatchewan (45.5%) (Table 4). Oil content for Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 41.7% to 49.5% (Table 4). Oil content usually increases with cooler temperatures and with adequate soil moisture.

Figure 2 - Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western
Oil content of harvest samples, 2010 to 2020

Oil content of Flaxseed,No.1 Canada harvest samples,2010-2020.Details below.
2020 average 45.6%
2019 average 46.7%
2010–19 mean 45.7%
  • Figure 2 details
    Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest samples, 2010 to 2020
    2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2010 to 2019
    Oil content (%, dry basis) 44.9 45.9 45.1 45.9 45.6 45.7 45.6 46.1 45.7 46.7 45.6 45.7

Protein content

Average protein content (23.0%) for Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western was similar to the 2019 harvest average (22.6%), but higher than the 10-year mean (22.1%; Figure 3). The average protein content in Manitoba (22.9%) was similar to the averages of Saskatchewan (23.1%) and Alberta (22.7%). Protein content for Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 18.5 to 27.2% (Table 4).

Figure 3 – Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western
Protein content of harvest samples, 2010 to 2020

Protein content of Flaxseed,No.1 Canada harvest samples, 2010 to 2020. Details below.
2020 average 23.0%
2019 average 22.6%
2010–19 mean 22.1%
  • Figure 3 details
    Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest samples, 2010 to 2020
    2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2010 to 2019
    Protein content (%, dry basis) 21.1 21.9 22.8 21.1 21.1 22.5 21.9 23.2 23.1 22.6 23.0 22.1
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