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 Jun 16, 2014

Dairy industry facts

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the Dairy industry....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 10, 2014

Corn, soybean prices more challenging

It appears the days of $6 corn prices, and maybe even $5 corn, are behind us for the foreseeable future. Projected significant increases in corn....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 03, 2014

Crop conditions mixed

Spring 2014 has been a battle for most Upper Midwest crop producers, as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Some....More
in Focus on Ag May 27, 2014

2014 Custom farming agreements

Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A....More
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

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