Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2013

Oil content

Average oil content (45.9%) in Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western is higher compared to the 2012 average (45.1%) (Figure 2). Average oil content for Manitoba and Alberta (both 45.6%) is lower than the average in Saskatchewan (46.0%) (Table 4). However, the averages for each province are higher than the 2012 averages: Manitoba (43.9%), Saskatchewan (45.5%) and Alberta (45.1%). The oil content of Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 41.3 to 49.2% (Table 4).

Figure 2. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013

Graph of oil content (% dry basis) for flaxseed, 2003-13.Details below.

Details
  • 2013 average: 45.1%
  • 2012 average: 45.9%
  • 2003–2012 mean: 45.4%

The following table displays the average percentage of oil on a dry matter basis from 2003 to 2013 which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western - Oil content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013
Crop year Oil content, dry matter basis, %
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
2013 45.1