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 Jul 07, 2015

USDA report increases soybean acreage

The June 30 USDA report indicated that farmers planted less corn and more soybeans, compared to the USDA March Planting Intentions Report. USDA....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 30, 2015

Corn waist-high by 4th of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 22, 2015

WTO ruling challenges COOL regulations

In response to the latest WTO ruling, legislation has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the COOL requirements....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 16, 2015

Avian flu outbreaks slow, but impacts continue

Even though the number of avian flu cases has waned in recent weeks, the economic impacts of the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 09, 2015

Low corn, soybean prices challenge farmers

The consistently high cash price levels for corn and soybeans from 2011-2013 made grain marketing decisions pretty easy for many producers. By....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 02, 2015

Custom farming agreement rates, benefits, considerations

An alternative to leasing farmland is a Custom Farming Agreement. In a typical custom farming agreement, the custom operator agrees to perform all....More
in Focus on Ag May 26, 2015

Crop conditions fairly good; conservation compliance deadline looming

After an almost perfect planting season through late April and early May in most of the Upper Midwest, a few more crop challenges have occurred in....More
in Focus on Ag May 19, 2015

May 12 WASDE shows large grain stocks

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released on May 12 was regarded as mainly neutral for the corn market and....More
in Focus on Ag May 12, 2015

Potential changes to actively engaged rules

In late March, USDA announced some proposed revisions to the actively engaged rules that are designed to further clarify some of the definitions and....More
in Focus on Ag May 05, 2015

Corn, soybean planting rapidly progressing

The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa was planted in very rapid fashion during the last half of April, as nearly ideal soil....More

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