Quality of western Canadian canola 2016 - Introduction

Introduction

This report presents quality data and information based on the Canadian Grain Commission's 2016 harvest sample program of western Canadian canola. Quality parameters included are oil, protein, chlorophyll, glucosinolates, free fatty acids and the fatty acid composition of harvest samples. Quality data are from analyses of canola samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission throughout the harvest period by producers, grain companies and oilseed crushing companies. The maps (Figure 1) shows traditional growing areas for canola in western Canada with 2014 and 2015 production data. Samples received from the Peace River area of British Columbia were combined with Alberta Crop District No. 7 samples, the area will will be referred as Alberta-British Columbia.

The 2016 harvest was stopped for over 3 weeks in Alberta-British Columbia and Saskatchewan due to heavy rain and snow. A special report on the effect of snow on canola quality will also be published later this year.

Figure 1 Maps of western Canada showing 2014 and 2015 canola production per crop district

2014 canola production

Map:Western Canada showing 2014 canola production per crop district.Details below
(Source: Statistics Canada)

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    2014 canola production per crop district (Source: Statistics Canada)
    Canola production
    (metric tonnes)
    Manitoba crop districts Saskatchewan crop districts Alberta crop districts
    > 1,000,000 - - 7
    701,000 to 1,000,000 - 5B 2, 4B
    601,000 to 700,000 - 9A, 9B 4A, 5
    501,000 to 600,000 - 2B, 5A, 6A, 8B 6
    401,000 to 500,000 8 6B, 7B, 8A 3
    301,000 to 400,000 3, 7 1A, 1B, 7A -
    201,000 to 300,000 1, 2 2A, 3BN -
    101,000 to 200,000 4, 5 3AS, 3AN, 4B 1
    15,000 to 100,000 6, 9, 11, 12 3BS, 4A -
    < 15,000 10 - -

2015 canola production

Map:Western Canada showing 2015 canola production per crop district.Details below
(Source: Statistics Canada)

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    2015 canola production per crop district (Source: Statistics Canada)
    Canola production
    (metric tonnes)
    Manitoba crop districts Saskatchewan crop districts Alberta crop districts
    > 1,000,000 - - -
    701,000 to 1,000,000 - 5A, 5B, 6A, 8B, 9A 2, 4B, 5, 7
    601,000 to 700,000 - 8A, 9B -
    501,000 to 600,000 8 - 3, 4A, 6
    401,000 to 500,000 3 1A, 2A, 6B, 7B -
    301,000 to 400,000 2, 7 1B -
    201,000 to 300,000 1, 4, 5, 6 2A, 3BN, 7A -
    101,000 to 200,000 12 3AN, 3AS, 3BS 1
    15,000 to 100,000 9, 10, 11 4A, 4B -
    < 15,000 - - -
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