Quality of western Canadian mustard 2014

Effects of weather on quality

The mustard crop grown in western Canada in 2014 showed general characteristics of a crop maturing well, even though it was under slightly less than normal conditions for the western prairies. The Grain Research Laboratory's long-term Harvest Sample Program results show that cool, moist growing conditions tend to produce an oilseed crop with higher oil but lower protein content and the converse is true for warm, dry conditions. Research also shows that glucosinolate levels may decrease when Brassica crops are grown under cooler than normal conditions.