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 Sep 15, 2015

Sequestration likely to affect farm program payments

Many farm operators in the Upper Midwest are anticipating significant county-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program payments on corn for the....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 08, 2015

How big will corn yields be?

Most crop experts are now agreeing that Minnesota may be the “sweet spot” for 2015 crop yields, especially for corn yields. In the last USDA Crop....More
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in Focus on Ag Aug 31, 2015

2014 ARC-CO payments likely

It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 25, 2015

Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30

Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 18, 2015

USDA crop report surprises grain trade

The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just under 13.7 billion bushels, which would be third-....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 11, 2015

Crop development on track, despite dry conditions

While crop conditions across much of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest remain quite favorable, drier conditions have developed in portions of south-....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 05, 2015

Farmers' choice for farm programs

Farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa, and other Midwestern states overwhelmingly selected the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 27, 2015

Ag land values trending lower

Many agricultural experts and economists have been warning for the past couple of years that we could be headed for a significant correction in farm....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 21, 2015

Crop conditions hold steady in Upper Midwest

Crop conditions across most of Minnesota and much the Midwest have been quite favorable through the first half of the growing season. Crop conditions....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 14, 2015

Corn, soybean prices show strength following USDA reports

The USDA supply and remand report released July 10 provided some fairly positive numbers for future corn and soybean prices. The report showed....More

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