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Quality of western Canadian canola

Oct. 30, 2013 - The Canadian Grain Commission's harvest sample program for canola received 1430 samples to date, which include 292 from Manitoba, 657 from Saskatchewan and 481 from Alberta and the Peace River Region of British Columbia.

Approximately 94.7 per cent of the canola samples were graded as Canola, No. 1 Canada; however later arriving samples may be graded lower due to green seed or other damages.

This year, Canola, No. 1 Canada has a mean oil content of 45.1 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis). This is about a two per cent increase from last year's mean of 43.5 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis). The 10-year mean for Canola, No. 1 Canada is 43.9 per cent.

Crude protein levels, for Canola, No. 1 Canada, averaged 19.5 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis) which is lower than last year's mean year's mean of 21.3 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis), and below the 10-year average of 21.0 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis). The protein content on an oil free basis is 38.3 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis) which is lower than last year's mean of 40.6 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis) and is similar to the 10-year mean of 40.3 per cent (8.5 per cent Moisture basis).

Currently, Canola, No. 1 Canada has a mean chlorophyll content of 11.9 ppm which is lower than last year's mean of 17.4 ppm and is below the 10-year average of 14.6 ppm. However there are some differences from region to region where some areas may show higher chlorophyll content than others.

This year's crop is showing a lower iodine value with a mean of 111.8 units when compared to last year's mean of 113.3 units. The 10-year average for iodine value is 113.6 units.

Glucosinolate content for this year has a mean of 9.9 mmoles/g (8.5 per cent Moisture basis), which is similar to the 10-year average of 10.9 mmoles/g (8.5 per cent Moisture basis).

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