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

Posts by Kent Thiesse

in Focus on Ag Oct 06, 2015

Final 2014 market year average prices announced

The final 2014 MYA prices announced by the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) were $3.70 per bushel for corn, and $10.10 per bushel for soybeans....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 29, 2015

Lower crop prices should impact land rental rates

Average rental rates for 2015 did drop a bit in some areas, but in general have remained quite high across the region. Farm operators and landlords....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 22, 2015

Upper Midwest corn, beans ready for harvest

The warm late growing season this year has pushed the 2015 corn and soybean crop very rapidly toward maturity. Soybean harvest has begun on some....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 15, 2015

Sequestration likely to affect farm program payments

Many farm operators in the Upper Midwest are anticipating significant county-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program payments on corn for the....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 08, 2015

How big will corn yields be?

Most crop experts are now agreeing that Minnesota may be the “sweet spot” for 2015 crop yields, especially for corn yields. In the last USDA Crop....More
corn field, cloudy sky
in Focus on Ag Aug 31, 2015

2014 ARC-CO payments likely

It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 25, 2015

Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30

Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 18, 2015

USDA crop report surprises grain trade

The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just under 13.7 billion bushels, which would be third-....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 11, 2015

Crop development on track, despite dry conditions

While crop conditions across much of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest remain quite favorable, drier conditions have developed in portions of south-....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 05, 2015

Farmers' choice for farm programs

Farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa, and other Midwestern states overwhelmingly selected the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program....More

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