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 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
in Focus on Ag Oct 15, 2013

Government shutdown affects farmers

As of Oct. 1, the federal government officially went into a “shutdown” mode, meaning that all government services deemed as “non-essential” were....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 08, 2013

Crop insurance payments a possibility in 2013

Some farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states will be facing reduced yields on some farm units in 2013, due to very late planting,....More
in Focus on Ag Oct 01, 2013

Harvest season underway

Above-normal temperatures during the month of September in most of Minnesota have allowed the 2013 corn and soybean crop in many areas to either....More
in Focus on Ag Sep 24, 2013

Farm safety concerns during corn, soybean harvest

As we enter full-scale corn and soybean harvest for the 2013 growing season, it is a good time for farm families to review the farm safety procedures....More
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

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