Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2014

Free fatty acids content

Average free fatty acids content (0.20%) in Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western is higher than the average in 2013 (0.13%) and the same as the 10-year mean (0.20) (Figure 4). The average in Manitoba (0.20%) is higher than the average in Saskatchewan (0.10%) and similar to the Alberta average (0.20%) (Table 5). Higher values are mainly due to seed damage.

Samples that graded No. 2 Canada Western, No. 3 Canada Western and Sample grade all have an average free fatty acids content of 1.05%.

Figure 4. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western – Free fatty acids content of harvest samples, 2004–2014

Graph of free fatty acid content in oil for flaxseed, 2004-2014. Details below.

Details
  • 2014 average: 0.20%
  • 2013 average: 0.13%
  • 2004–2013 mean: 0.20%

The table below displays the percentage of free fatty acids content from 2004 to 2014, which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western - Free fatty acids content of harvest survey samples, 2004–2014
Crop year Free fatty acids content, %
2004 0.26
2005 0.19
2006 0.17
2007 0.15
2008 0.14
2009 0.15
2010 0.20
2011 0.20
2012 0.20
2013 0.13
2014 0.20