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 Aug 01, 2016

Land values declining in many areas

What does the future hold for land values? It all depends on crop prices, yields and the livestock markets....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 25, 2016

Two congressional candidate forums at IDEAg Farmfest

IDEAg Farmfest to host ag water quality and farm financial strategies forums as well as two congressional forums....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 18, 2016

Grain prices fall sharply after USDA releases Grain Supply and Demand report

The USDA Grain Supply and Demand Report predicts good yields for the 2016 harvest in both the corn and soybean fields. This news sent prices falling....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 11, 2016

Crop conditions are a mix across the United States

When it comes to crop production, most long-term farm operators are often heard saying that “no two years are the same”. That statement....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 05, 2016

Latest acreage report shows increase in corn, soybeans

The June USDA Acreage Report is always highly anticipated, because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 28, 2016

2015 ARC-CO payment estimates decline

Farmers who had 2015 corn and soybean yields higher than benchmark, but were still scheduled to receive an ARC-CO payment, will likely see reduced....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 21, 2016

Farmers facing replant decisions

Crop producers in the Upper Midwest who are facing either prevented planting or crop replant situations should contact their crop insurance agent for....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 14, 2016

Latest USDA WASDE supports higher grain prices

The June report lowered the 2015-16 corn ending stocks by 95 million bushels, and the 2015-16 soybean ending stocks by 30 million bushels, as....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 07, 2016

Crop conditions mixed across corn-, soybean-producing areas

The spring of 2016 has been a battle for some Upper Midwest crop producers as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis....More
in Focus on Ag May 31, 2016

Land values decline, continuing correction

Based on recent data, there appears to be evidence that a reduction in average land values has been occurring in some regions of the U.S., including....More

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