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 Nov 24, 2015

Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016,....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 17, 2015

USDA increases expected 2015 crop production

In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 10, 2015

Caution advised on high land rental rates

Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 03, 2015

Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015

As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 27, 2015

Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments

The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 20, 2015

Strong crop yields across Upper Midwest

Many farm operators in Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota are experiencing some the best corn and soybean yields in their farming....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 13, 2015

USDA crop report increases yield

The increased corn and soybean yields in the latest USDA Report was more than offset by reductions in the estimated harvested acreage for both crops....More
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

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