Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2012

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%.

The protein content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW exports averaged 21.2% for the 2011–2012 shipping season. The protein content of flaxseed exports in 2012–2013 should be similar to the export shipments of the previous season.

Figure 3. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012

Graph showing the protein content 2002-2012 - Details in following table
  • 2012 average: 22.8%
  • 2011 average: 21.9%
  • 2002–2011 mean: 22.9%

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

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012
Crop year Protein content1, %
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
2012 22.8

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Dry matter basis

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