Kent Thiesse is a former University of Minnesota Extension educator and now is Vice President of MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal, MN. You can contact him at 507-726-2137 or via e-mail at kent.thiesse@minnstarbank.com.

Posts by Kent Thiesse

in Focus on Ag May 23, 2016

Challenges emerging with corn and soybeans

After the encouraging start to the growing season in April, there have been several crop challenges across the region, including delayed planting,....More
in Focus on Ag May 16, 2016

WASDE report moves soybean prices higher

. The May report showed slightly lower corn ending stocks for 2015-16, and significantly lower soybean ending stocks, as compared to the April Report....More
in Focus on Ag May 10, 2016

2016 CRP was most selective in history

Nationwide, there were more than 26,000 offers to enroll over 1.8 million acres under the General CRP enrollment period earlier this year. Only 411,....More
in Road Warrior May 02, 2016

Rain slows planting progress

Frequent rainfall events during the last 10 days of April, along with saturated soils, has halted corn and soybean planting in many areas of the....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 26, 2016

2016 Custom farming agreements: Rates advantages and agreement basics

Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 19, 2016

Surprising rally in corn, soybean prices

this may be a year to pay close attention to grain market changes during planting season. The soybean market appears to be offering some very....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 12, 2016

Ready, set, plant!

With the passing of April 11, farmers in the Upper Midwest are gearing up for full-scale fieldwork and corn planting as the weather warms up in the....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 05, 2016

Surprising USDA reports

On March 31, 2016, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report, as well as the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 29, 2016

Understanding the difference in 2015 ARC-CO payments

Many producers are having difficulty understanding why there is such a wide variation in the estimated 2015 ARC-CO payments from county to county,....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 21, 2016

2016 Custom farm rates hold steady

The 2016 custom farming rates for corn and soybean production declined about 5 percent compared to a year earlier. In addition to the decline in fuel....More

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