Growing Canola

Specialty Canola

Non-GMO Canola and High-Oleic Canola

Pacific Coast Canola is the largest provider of specialty canola oil in western North America. We supply non-GMO and high-oleic products to a rapidly expanding market.

Non-GMO Canola vs. GMO

  • GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) canola has been developed with the aid of genetic engineering to allow the use of certain herbicides, such as Roundup and Liberty. These varieties are termed “Roundup Ready” and “LibertyLink.” Example brands are InVigor® (LibertyLink) and Genuity® (Roundup Ready). In our western production area, the dominant Roundup Ready GMO winter varieties are from Croplan Genetics. Examples include HyCLASS® 115 and HyCLASS® 125. Spring GMO varieties are available from several companies.
  • Non-GMO canola varieties have been developed with conventional breeding techniques without the use of genetic engineering. Varieties adapted in the west include Amanda, Athena, Baldur, Sitro and Largo.
  • Clearfield® varieties are considered non-GMO because they are bred using conventional means, even though they are bred to tolerate herbicides made by BASF, such as Beyond®. Examples include Edimax CL, Claremore, Nexera 2012 CL, VT X125 CL, and Pioneer 46H75.
  • Pacific Coast Canola buys both GMO and non-GMO canola. Non-GMO canola is segregated and processed separately to serve a specialty market. The majority of our crush is Roundup Ready or LibertyLink.
  • It is very important to keep your GMO and non-GMO canola separate. We pay a premium for non-GMO if the canola is 99.1 percent pure. If you have trouble separating the different types of canola, please let us know and we’ll help you arrange transportation and logistics at harvest.
  • Pacific Coast Canola is contracting non-GMO canola varieties at a premium price. Please contact your nearest receiving elevator to get the latest contracting information.

High-Oleic Canola

  • Each vegetable oil crop (soybean, canola, safflower, palm, etc.) has a distinct fatty acid profile. These fatty acids behave differently in cooking. High-oleic canola oil contains a higher percentage of oleic fatty acid, which performs better in high-temperature frying applications, such as cooking potato chips. Customers will pay a premium price for this oil, which allows Pacific Coast Canola to pay a premium for the seed.
  • Pacific Coast Canola is contracting high-oleic canola varieties. Please contact your nearest receiving elevator or contact Pacific Coast Canola to get the latest contracting information.