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 Sep 17, 2013

September 2013 USDA Crop Production summary

The USDA Crop Production Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight increase in the expected U.S. corn production for 2013, as compared to the August....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 10, 2013

Late-season drought could affect corn, soybean yields

The continuing dry weather pattern in many areas of southern and western Minnesota, and adjoining areas of northern Iowa, has raised further concerns....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 03, 2013

Crop insurance has strong support

Many farm operators across the Upper Midwest are facing some crop loss in 2013, due to late and prevented planting this past spring, and now from....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 27, 2013

2013 crop concerns continue

As we approach the end of the 2013 growing season, there are remaining concerns with this year’s corn and soybean crop across most of the Upper....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 20, 2013

Aug. 12 USDA crop report analysis

There has been a lot of uncertainty in many portions of the major corn and soybean producing areas of the United States during the 2013 growing....More
in Focus on Ag Aug 06, 2013

USDA Projections for the Next Decade

Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 30, 2013

Challenges Remain for 2013 Corn, Soybean Crops

Crop conditions across the Midwest are quite variable in late July, depending on planting date, as well as impacts from heavy rainfalls in June and....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 23, 2013

Farmfest Forums to Cover Farm Bill, Renewable Energy, Ag Industry, Raising Livestock, Water Quality and Drainage

Farmfest will be held on August 6, 7 and 8 near the Gilfillan Estate, which is located 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls, Minn. The 2013 edition of....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 16, 2013

What Will Happen to the Farm Bill?

On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new farm bill (HR-262) by a margin of 216-208, with all voting Democratic House members and 12....More
in Focus on Ag Jul 09, 2013

Interesting USDA Reports for June 2013

The late June USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks Report is always highly anticipated because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings....More

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