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 Nov 25, 2014

Farm program signup begins

Sign-up for the new farm program, which part of the new farm bill, is now underway at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The new farm....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 18, 2014

USDA lowers expected 2014 corn production

In most instances, record USDA crops get even bigger as the crop is being harvested; however the Nov. 10 USDA Crop Report lowered the expected 2014....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 11, 2014

Caution advised on high land rental rates

Lower corn and soybean prices are causing some concern among farm operators, as they negotiate land rental rates for the 2015 crop year. Some 2015....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 04, 2014

2014 Crop insurance harvest prices finalized

Many farmers with final 2014 corn and soybean yields below actual production history (APH) crop yields who had a revenue protection (RP) crop....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 28, 2014

Price increases could impact crop insurance payments for 2014

Even with projected record U.S. production of both corn and soybeans in 2014, the market prices of both crops have risen during the month of October....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 21, 2014

Corn, soybean harvest progressing nicely; yields vary

The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2014, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region. In....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 14, 2014

USDA increases estimated crop yield

The Oct. 10 USDA Crop Report showed an increase for both U.S. corn and soybean yields, as compared to September report. This corresponds closely to....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 06, 2014

Lower crop prices may impact land rental rates

Average rental rates for 2014 were as high as, or even higher than, 2013 land rental rates in most situations across the region. Farm operators and....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 30, 2014

Slow start to harvest in the Upper Midwest

A lot of corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota have turned color, and appear to be mature; however, much of this visual appearance was the result....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 23, 2014

2014 Crop insurance payments likely (in Minnesota)

The continued low CBOT corn and soybean prices increases the likelihood of significant 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments for many Minnesota farm....More

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