Spring-harvested flaxseed and canola research

Thank you to everyone who sent samples and participated in this project. Our analysis is finished and the results will be available soon.

The Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory is conducting research on the effects of late harvest on canola and flaxseed quality and is seeking samples of canola and flaxseed that was seeded in spring 2019, but not harvested until spring 2020.

To participate in the study, send us your flaxseed and canola samples as soon as possible after you’ve harvested this spring.

In exchange for your samples, you’ll receive the following results :

  • unofficial grade*
  • oil, protein and chlorophyll content for canola
  • oil and protein content and iodine value for flaxseed
  • other results that are specific to this research project, such as information on the free fatty acid content

Study participants can expect to receive their results within 6 to 8 weeks. Producers who are signed up for the Harvest Sample Program will receive their results by email if an email address has been provided. Overall results from the study will be published on our website.

*All grade and quality results are assessed by the Canadian Grain Commission. The grade provided is unofficial because samples aren’t collected by a Canadian Grain Commission inspector.

How to mail in your spring 2020 samples

You can mail in your samples using any Harvest Sample Program envelope. If you do not have a Harvest Sample Program envelope, please contact us to request one.

Include the following information on the front of your envelope :

  • the date it was harvested in spring 2020
  • the approximate date it was cut (if different than the harvested date)
  • whether it was straight cut or swathed
  • the growing location
  • the variety of the sample
  • if the type of grain listed on the top right side of the envelope is incorrect, cross it out and write the correct grain type (canola or flaxseed)

If you have other questions about submitting your sample, review all Harvest Sample Program submission requirements.

How we’ll use your samples

With poor harvest conditions in 2019, over 40% of flax across Canada and 20% of canola in Alberta was not harvested by December 31, 2019.

By studying these samples, we’ll be able to analyze the quality of the crop that was left out in the field over winter and assess the impact of delayed harvest on end-use functionality.

Producers can use this information to make informed decisions on how to market their grain and processors can use it to adjust their processes to compensate for changes in crop quality.

Contact us

For more information on the spring-harvested flaxseed and canola research project, contact Dr. Véronique Barthet, Program Manager of Oilseeds for the Grain Research Laboratory.

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