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 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
in Focus on Ag Sep 16, 2014

USDA projects record 2014 crop production

The USDA Crop Production Report released Sept. 11 is projecting record U.S. production in 2014 for both corn and soybeans. Production levels for both....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 09, 2014

Pay attention to FSA farm program information

There have been several reports of the data on some FSA units not being accurate, due to changes in FSA farm units that occurred in the past five....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 02, 2014

Late-season growing conditions could impact corn, soybean yields

A big challenge in many areas of the Upper Midwest is continued cooler than normal temperatures, and lower-than-normal accumulation of growing degree....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 26, 2014

Land owners will help make farm bill choices

Land owners who do not farm their land are not typically involved in farm program decisions at FSA offices, as those decisions are usually made by....More

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