How will the early snow in Alberta and Saskatchewan affect the quality of canola that was (or is) still in the field?
Generally, moisture — whatever form it’s in — has less impact on the quality of the oilseed versus a cereal crop, but it turns out the impact of snow on canola quality has not really been studied in Western Canada.
So the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) has initiated a research project to find out more.
The CGC is looking for samples of canola from the 2016 growing season that has been harvested late due to weather or samples from canola that has been (or will be) left out over winter.
“This research will help develop an understanding of the impact of this type of weather on the end-use functionality of canola,” states the CGC. “The results of this research will help ensure the Canadian canola industry continues to supply a consistent and dependable commodity to end-use customers.”
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