Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2012

Free fatty acids content

The average free fatty acids (FFA) content of 0.17 % in top grade 2012 survey samples is similar to the 2011 average and the 10-year mean of 0.19% (Figure 4).  The average FFA content of Manitoba samples, 0.20% is higher than Saskatchewan’s and Alberta’s FFA value of 0.17% and 0.13%, respectively. Higher FFA values are mainly due to seed damage.

The lower grade samples (No. 2 CW, No. 3 CW Canada and Sample Grade) had a mean FFA content of 0.24%.

The FFA content of Flaxseed, No. 1 CW exports for 2011-2012 exports was 0.52%.

Figure 4. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Free fatty acids content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012

Graph showing the free fatty acid content 2002-2012 - Details in following table
  • 2012 average: 0.17%
  • 2011 average: 0.18%
  • 2002–2011 mean: 0.19%

The table below displays the percentage of free fatty acids content from 2002 to 2012 which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Free fatty acids content of harvest survey samples, 2002–2012
Crop year Free fatty acids content, %
2002 0.30
2003 0.15
2004 0.26
2005 0.19
2006 0.17
2007 0.15
2008 0.14
2009 0.15
2010 0.20
2011 0.18
2012 0.17