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 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
in Focus on Ag Aug 19, 2014

Crop report recap

The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just over 14.0 billion bushels, which would be new corn....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 12, 2014

Potential for ACRE payments for 2013 corn

It appears that corn producers in Minnesota and Iowa who remained in the ACRE program for the 2013 crop year will have a good chance of receiving an....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 05, 2014

Farm bill program decision time

Farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make in the coming months regarding their farm program participation for the....More

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