Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2013

Free fatty acids content

Average free fatty acids content (0.13%) in Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western is lower the average in 2012 (0.17%), as well as the 10-year mean (0.18%) (Figure 4).

The average in Manitoba (0.17%) is higher than the averages in Saskatchewan (0.12%) and Alberta (0.15%) (Table 5). Higher values are mainly due to seed damage.

Samples that graded No.2 Canada Western, No.3 Canada Western and Sample Grade have an average free fatty acids content of 0.78%.

Figure 4. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Free fatty acids content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013

Graph of free fatty acid content in oil for flaxseed, 2003-13.Details below.

Details
  • 2013 average: 0.13%
  • 2012 average: 0.17%
  • 2003–2012 mean: 0.18%

The table below displays the percentage of free fatty acids content from 2003 to 2013 which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western - Free fatty acids content of harvest survey samples, 2003–2013
Crop year Free fatty acids content, %
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
2013 0.13