Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2015

Free fatty acids content

Average free fatty acids content (0.20%) in Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western is identical to the average in 2014 (0.20%) and the same as the 10-year mean (0.20) (Figure 4). The average in Manitoba (0.36%) is higher than the average in Saskatchewan (0.16%) and similar to the Alberta average (0.19%) (Table 5). Higher values are mainly due to seed damage.

Samples that graded No. 2 Canada and Sample grade all have an average free fatty acids content of 0.41%.

Figure 4. Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western – Free fatty acids content of harvest samples, 2005–15

Graph of free fatty acid content in oil for flaxseed, 2005–15. Details below.

Details
  • 2015 average: 0.20%
  • 2014 average: 0.20%
  • 2005–14 mean: 0.20%

The table below displays the percentage of free fatty acids content from 2005 to 2015, which is illustrated in the graph.

Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western - Free fatty acids content of harvest samples, 2005–15
Crop year Free fatty acids content, %
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
2015 0.20

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