Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2014

Harvest samples

Flaxseed samples for the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program are collected and cleaned to remove dockage prior to testing. The samples are analyzed for oil, protein and iodine value using a Foss NIRSystems 6500 scanning near-infrared spectrometer, calibrated to and verified against the appropriate reference method. Composite samples are used for free fatty acids and fatty acid composition analyses. Composites are prepared by combining samples by province for Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western. Composites of Flaxseed, No. 2 Canada Western, Flaxseed, No. 3 Canada Western and Sample Grade combine all samples from western Canada by grade.

This year's harvest report includes 259 samples compared to 176 in 2013. Manitoba contributed 39 samples of Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Saskatchewan 180 samples, and Alberta 40 samples during the harvest period from September 1st to December 1st, 2014. Weighting factors are used to calculate provincial and western Canadian means.