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Canola oil content improving

The oil content in Canada’s 2008-09 canola crop has improved over the level seen during 2007-08 and is also above the 10-year average, according to industry sources.

Samples of No. 1 Canada canola tested to data have an improved oil content than in previous years, according to Veronique Barthet, program , manager, for the Oilseeds Research Department of the Canadian Grain Commission.

“Samples of No. 1 Canada canola tested to date have a mean oil content of 44.3 per cent,” Barthet said. “That’s an increase from last year’s crop, which had a mean oil content of 43.4 per cent.”

The 10-year mean (1998-2007) for canola, No. 1 Canada seed is 43.2 per cent.

The above-average oil content in Canada’s canola crop was attributed to the relatively cool growing conditions in July, Barthet said.

Enhancements to canola breeding have helped the average oil content climb from the original rapeseed plant, Glenn Lennox, an oilseed analyst with the market analysis branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, said.

He acknowledged that the oil content in canola does not change all that much from year to year, but the 2008 growing season was quite exceptional, in that there was little to no heat stress in most of the key producing regions of Western Canada.

The higher the oil content, the more attractive the canola is to end-users, Lennox said.

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