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 23, 2013

2013 Ag Review, Part 2

2013 brought higher input prices, volatile grain prices and despite those, a strong farm economy for most of the farmers in the Upper Midwest....More
in Focus on Ag Dec 17, 2013

2013 Ag review: Part 1

2013 will be remembered as a crop year with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota and Iowa....More
in Focus on Ag Dec 03, 2013

2013 Custom rate adjustments

An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 26, 2013

Considerations for high land rental rates

Farm operators are encouraged to use caution when agreeing to high cash rental rates for 2014, or when bidding on rental rates for new crop land that....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 19, 2013

Farm bill conference continues

The 41 members of the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee, designated to determine a new farm bill, are in the process of trying to reach a....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 12, 2013

USDA increases expected crop production

As expected, the USDA report released on Nov. 8 increased the estimated total corn and soybean production in 2013. Crop production estimates were....More
in Focus on Ag Nov 05, 2013

Farmland rental rates not reflecting lower crop prices

The very strong corn and soybean prices in the past couple of years, and the resulting increases in crop income per acre, have lead to significant....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 29, 2013

Propane shortage impacting corn harvest

Parts of the Upper Midwest are experiencing temporary shortages of propane (LP) gas to dry the corn that is currently being harvested. Propane....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 22, 2013

Harvest progressing nicely

The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2013, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region....More

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