Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2011

Oil content

The average oil content of 45.9% for Flaxseed, No. 1 CW from the 2011 harvest survey is higher when compared to the 2010 oil content of 44.9% (Figure 2). The oil content for Manitoba, 45.4% is lower than in Saskatchewan and Alberta, which had oil content of 46.1% and 46.2% respectively. When comparing to 2010 the average oil contents in 2011 are 1.0% higher for both Manitoba and Saskatchewan samples and 0.4% higher for Alberta samples. The oil content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 41.3% to 49.5%.

Figure 2. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest survey samples, 1990–2011

Graph showing oil content for 1990-2011. Details in table below.
  • 2011 average: 45.9%
  • 2010 average: 44.9%
  • 2001–2010 mean: 45.3%

The table below displays the average percentage of oil on a dry matter basis from 1990 to 2011 which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest survey samples, 1990–2011
Crop year Oil content1, %
1 Dry matter basis
1990 43.2
1991 44.2
1992 43.3
1993 45.1
1994 44.7
1995 44.1
1996 44.3
1997 43.9
1998 43.6
1999 43.9
2000 44.1
2001 44.4
2002 45.5
2003 44.2
2004 44.8
2005 46.2
2006 45.9
2007 44.7
2008 46.0
2009 46.1
2010 44.9
2011 45.9