Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2012

Oil content

The average oil content of 45.1 % for Flaxseed, No. 1 CW from the 2012 harvest survey is lower when compared to the 2011 oil content of 45.9% (Figure 2). The oil content for Manitoba, 43.9% is lower than in Saskatchewan and Alberta, which had oil content of 45.5% and 45.1% respectively.  When comparing to 2011 the average oil contents in 2012 are 1.5% lower for Manitoba 0.6% lower Saskatchewan and 1.1% lower for Alberta samples.  The oil content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 40.5% to 48.4%.

Figure 2. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012

Graph showing the oil content 2002-2012 - Details in following table
  • 2012 average: 45.1%
  • 2011 average: 45.9%
  • 2002–2011 mean: 45.4%

The following table displays the average percentage of oil on a dry matter basis from 2002 to 2012 which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012
Crop year Oil content1, %
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
2012 45.1

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Dry matter basis

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