Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2013

Protein content

Average protein content (21.2%) in Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western is lower than both the average in 2012 (22.8%) and the 10-year mean (22.8%) (Figure 3). The average in Manitoba (22.4%) is lower than the average in Alberta (22.8%) and higher than the average in Saskatchewan (20.7%) (Table 4). Compared to 2012, the average protein content for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta is lower (a difference of 2.7%, 1.3% and 1.1% respectively). The protein content of Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 16.4 to 27.1% (Table 4).

Figure 3. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013

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

Details
  • 2013 average: 21.2%
  • 2012 average: 22.8%
  • 2003–2012 mean: 22.8%

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

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western - Protein content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013
Crop year Portein content, dry matter basis, %
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
2013 21.2