Upcoming Tradeshows:

Although tradeshows have been cancelled for the time being due to COVID-19,
Duck Foot™ Parts is excited to participate in the Thanks for Farming Tour – 9 Communities Across the Prairies

Registration is available at ThunderstruckAg.com

Manitoba
June 22 – Crystal City
June 26 – Brandon
June 29 – Ste. Agathe

Alberta
July 10 – Trochu
July 13 – Barrhead
July 17 – Enchant

Saskatchewan
July 24 – Assiniboia
July 27 – Craik
July 29 – Battleford

Chosen by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) Student Chapter at the University of Saskatchewan for their 2018/19 Marketing Plan Project and participation in the 2019 NAMA Competition in Kansas City, Missouri

News Articles:

Duck Foot puts pulses in their place

By Ron Lyseng, The Western Producer
Published: February 13, 2020

Sask. farmers who invented the rubber paddle tines say they reduce cutter bar loss by as much as 60 percent

BRANDON — Watching lentils bounce around on the cutter bar and then disappear is like watching loonies and toonies disappear.

One Saskatchewan farm family decided to stop the loss.

Chrisa Kastning and her husband, Steve, were at Manitoba Ag Days explaining to farmers how their rubber Duck Foot tines help reduce pulse losses.

These Duck Feet can reduce header losses in pulse crops by 50 percent. | Ron Lyseng photo
Sask. farmers who invented the rubber paddle tines say they reduce cutter bar loss by as much as 60 percent

BRANDON — Watching lentils bounce around on the cutter bar and then disappear is like watching loonies and toonies disappear.

One Saskatchewan farm family decided to stop the loss.

Chrisa Kastning and her husband, Steve, were at Manitoba Ag Days explaining to farmers how their rubber Duck Foot tines help reduce pulse losses.

“We were harvesting lentils, and we were watching how many lentils were just sitting on the cutter bar and not moving. That’s money. So my husband Steve designed these paddle tines specifically for lentils,” says Chrisa Kastning.

“We wanted something to help clear the cutter bar and move the lentils into the combine and create a nice even feed. And it had to be easy to quickly attach and remove.”

That was in 2016 and after some testing and tweaking, they launched the latest version in 2018.

A farm shop start-up project doesn’t have anywhere near the development budget of a major equipment manufacturer. The cost of experiments and prototypes has prevented many good products from seeing the light of day. But things went somewhat more smoothly for the Kastnings.

She says they started making their prototypes in Edmonton, then switched to making prototypes on a 3D printer in Saskatoon.

“We’re satisfied that the design we have now is doing what it’s supposed to do. The Duck Foot clears the cutter bar and feeds the crop. Our tests in specialty pulse crops have shown the Duck Foot reduces cutter bar losses by 50 to 60 percent.

“You don’t have to remove the original tines. You just snap the Duck Foot onto the reel pipe. It slides over the existing tine. Originally, we used a zip-tie or cable-tie to hold it on. Now we’ve got a clip that holds them securely. Since we’ve come out with our Duck Foot, there have been other people copying it. But we are the originators of the slip-over paddle tine and we are design patented.

“We’re building them in Edmonton and Saskatchewan, not in China. We chose not to go that route. We want a high quality product, made with good materials, that will be durable.”

The six-inch-wide paddle lifts crop the regular tines leave behind. The paddle allows the operator to run a slower reel speed and a faster combine speed.

Kastning recommends that a Duck Foot be installed over every second tine. The Duck Foot lists for $12.95 each.