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 May 20, 2014

Stick with full-season corn hybrids, despite later planting

Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for about another week, probably until around May 25, before moving....More
in Focus on Ag May 13, 2014

USDA reports show increase in grain stocks

The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 9 were regarded as neutral to bearish for....More
in Focus on Ag May 06, 2014

2012 Ag Census data provide an agriculture snapshot

The 2012 Ag Census data, showed a decrease in total farm numbers, with a lot of variation relative to farm size and scope, as well as increases in....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 29, 2014

Slow start to spring fieldwork

Very cool temperatures have existed across the region during most of the month of April, resulting in cold soil temperatures and soil conditions,....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 15, 2014

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 08, 2014

Another late spring on the horizon

It appears that 2014 will likely be similar to 2013, with a later-than-normal initiation of spring fieldwork in many areas of the Upper Midwest. This....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 01, 2014

March 31 USDA reports recap

On March 31, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report and quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated USDA Reports, due....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 25, 2014

Agriculture facts for National Ag Week 2014

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 23-30 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 25, being designated....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 18, 2014

PEDV impact on the swine industry

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a newer swine disease that first entered the United States in May 2013, and is now causing major economic....More

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