Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2016

Preliminary quality data

Summary tables by grade by province, as at December 8, 2016

Comments on the quality data for western Canadian flaxseed, as at December 8, 2016

This year’s harvest sample program received 218 samples to date, which include 40 from Manitoba, 152 from Saskatchewan and 26 from Alberta and the Peace River Region of British Columbia. Approximately 86% of the Flax samples were graded as Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western however later arriving samples may be graded lower due to damaged or heated seed.

This year Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western has a mean oil content of 45.7% at dry basis (DB).  This is similar to last year’s mean of 45.7% (DB).  The ten year mean for No. 1 Canada Western Flaxseed is 45.6% (DB).

Crude protein levels for Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western has a mean of 21.7% (DB) which is lower than last year’s mean of 22.5% (DB), and to the ten year average of 22.3% (DB). 

This year’s crop is showing the iodine value with a mean of 192 units. The ten year average for iodine value is 191 units.

These results reflect Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western which has been submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission as of December 8, 2016.

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