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 Dec 22, 2015

2015 Agriculture review, part 2: Input costs, grain prices and avian flu

This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop....More
in Focus on Ag Dec 14, 2015

2015 Agriculture review, part 1: Crop production and weather

Crop growing conditions in much of the Upper Midwest were almost ideal throughout much of the growing season. Conditions were not nearly as favorable....More
in Focus on Ag Dec 08, 2015

Fine-tune profit margins for 2016

Looking for ways to reduce or control direct and overhead expenses, including land rental costs, is also a key to improving profit potential for....More
in Focus on Ag Dec 01, 2015

Understanding the TPP trade agreement

The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would reduce more than 18,000 current tariffs that inhibit American products from being exported to....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 24, 2015

Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016,....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 17, 2015

USDA increases expected 2015 crop production

In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 10, 2015

Caution advised on high land rental rates

Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 03, 2015

Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015

As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 27, 2015

Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments

The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 20, 2015

Strong crop yields across Upper Midwest

Many farm operators in Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota are experiencing some the best corn and soybean yields in their farming....More

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