Quality of western Canadian flaxseed 2016 - Oil and protein content

Oil content

Average oil content (45.6%) in Flaxseed. No. 1 Canada Western is similar to the 2015 average (45.7%) and is identical to the 10-year mean (45.6%) (Figure 2). Average oil content for Manitoba (45.2%) is lower than the average in Saskatchewan (45.6%) and Alberta (45.5%) (Table 4). Oil content for Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 41.4 to 49.7% (Table 4).

Figure 2, Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest samples, 2006 to 2016

Oil content of Flaxseed, No.1 Canada harvest samples, 2006 to 2016
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    Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Oil content of harvest samples, 2006 to 2016
    2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2005 to 2015
    Oil content (%, dry basis) 45.9 44.7 46.0 46.1 44.9 45.9 45.1 45.9 45.6 45.7 45.6 45.6

Protein content

Average protein content (21.9%) for Flaxseed, No.1 Canada Western is lower than the 2015 harvest average (22.5%) and similar to the 10-year mean (22.3%) (Figure 3). The average in Manitoba (22.2%) is higher than the average in Saskatchewan (21.5%) but lower than the average in Alberta (23.3%). Protein content for Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western samples from producers across western Canada ranged from 17.2 to 25.6% (Table 4).

Figure 3, Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest samples, 2006 to 2016

Protein content of Flaxseed, No.1 Canada harvest samples, 2006 to 2016
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    Flaxseed, No. 1 Canada Western, Protein content of harvest samples, 2006 to 2016
    2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2006 to 2015
    Protein content (%, dry basis) 23.6 24.3 22.7 22.0 21.1 21.9 22.8 21.1 21.1 22.5 21.9 22.3
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