Western Canadian flaxseed, export quality data

Each month during the crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission takes samples from export shipments of flaxseed.  The crop year is from August of a calendar year to July of the next calendar year.

The Canadian Grain Commission uses analytical tests to determine the export quality of Canadian flaxseed. These tests are conducted according to standardized procedures and methods.

The Canadian Grain Commission maintains graphs that visually represent the export quality data.

Notice: There has been a change to the Calculation and Reporting of Fatty Acid Profiles for flaxseed export samples.

Flaxseed export quality data, grade averages, all ports

August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017

Quality Testing period No. 1CW No. 1CW NCCFootnote 2
Dockage, % Crop year to date n/sFootnote 3 6.2
Previous year mean 2.0 6.8
Moisture,% Crop year to date n/s 8.3
Previous year mean 8.0 8.4
Test weight, kg/hL Crop year to date n/s 65.5
Previous year mean 65.9 66.1
Oil contentFootnote 1, per cent; dry matter basis Crop year to date n/s 44.1
Previous year mean 46.4 43.5
Protein content, per cent; dry matter basis Crop year to date n/s 21.8
Previous year mean 22.3 22.3
Palmitic acid (C16:0),% of total fatty acids Crop year to date n/s 5.0
Previous year mean 5.0 5.0
Stearic acid (C18:0),% of total fatty acids Crop year to date n/s 3.2
Previous year mean 2.4 3.4
Oleic acid (C18:1),% of total fatty acids Crop year to date n/s 18.7
Previous year mean 10.7 19.0
Linoleic acid (C18:2),% of total fatty acids Crop year to date n/s 14.6
Previous year mean 12.6 15.1
Linolenic acid (C18:3),% of total fatty acids Crop year to date n/s 56.8
Previous year mean 68.5 57.0
Iodine value Crop year to date n/s 191.1
Previous year mean 210.2 191.2
Free fatty acids, % Crop year to date n/s 0.53
Previous year mean 0.62 0.48
Number of cargoes represented Crop year to date 0 27
Previous year mean 1 29
Tonnes represented Crop year to date 0 255,798
Previous year mean 827 321,387
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