Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2011

Protein content

The average protein content of 21.9% for Flaxseed, No. 1 CW from the 2011 harvest survey is 0.8% higher than in 2010 but 1.2% lower than the 10-year mean of 23.1% (Figure 3). The Manitoba average protein content of 22.6% was higher than the 22.1% in Alberta and the 21.6% in Saskatchewan. Compared to 2010, the average protein contents for Manitoba and Saskatchewan increased at 0.7% and 0.9%, respectively, while the protein content for Alberta remained similar with a very slight decrease of 0.1%. The protein content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 17.4% to 26.9%.

As Table 6 shows, the protein content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW exports averaged 21.2% for the 2010–2011 shipping season. The protein content of flaxseed exports in 2011–2012 should be similar to the export shipments of the previous season.

Figure 3. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest survey samples, 1990–2011

Graph showing protein content for 1990-2011. Details in table below.
  • 2011 average: 21.9%
  • 2010 average: 21.1%
  • 2001–2010 mean: 23.1%

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

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest survey samples, 1990–2011
Crop year Protein content1, %
1 Dry matter basis
1990 25.1
1991 24.4
1992 22.7
1993 21.5
1994 21.5
1995 22.6
1996 21.9
1997 23.5
1998 22.9
1999 21.8
2000 22.4
2001 24.1
2002 23.7
2003 25.6
2004 22.1
2005 22.0
2006 23.6
2007 24.3
2008 22.7
2009 22.0
2010 21.1
2011 21.9