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 Apr 28, 2015

Avian flu impact on farmers, ag economy

The deadly H5N2 virus, or avian flu virus (bird flu), was first detected in Minnesota in early March, but is now having an ever-increasing negative....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 21, 2015

2015 Earth Day from an agriculture perspective

April 22 is Earth Day in 2015. In recent years, it has become quite common to point the finger of blame at agriculture production and farmers for....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 14, 2015

Corn planting ready to begin

Topsoil conditions this spring have been described as “almost ideal” for corn planting by farm operators and agronomists across southern and western....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 07, 2015

March USDA report recap

The large amount of corn and soybean bushels in on-farm storage, much of which is probably not priced, will likely make the grain market trends in....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 31, 2015

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 24, 2015

Future challenges for crop insurance

The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 17, 2015

National Ag Week 2015

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 15-21 all across the United States, with Wednesday, March 18, designated as National Ag Day. As we....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 10, 2015

Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 03, 2015

2014 Farm program payments become clearer

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans and other crops in late....More
in Focus on Ag Feb 24, 2015

Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions

Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions....More

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