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 02, 2013

Corn: Knee-High By Fourth of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by fourth of July,” which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 25, 2013

New Farm Bill Defeated by House of Reps

After nearly two years of discussions and debate, a new farm bill appeared a bit closer to being enacted into law; however, on June 20, the U.S....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 18, 2013

June is Dairy Month

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Following are some interesting facts and figures about the dairy industry:....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 11, 2013

Focus Shifts to Soybean Planting, Prevented Planting

The prevented and delayed corn and soybean planting in Minnesota is likely to have a bigger impact on the final statewide average yield in 2013 than....More
in Focus on Ag Jun 04, 2013

Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers

It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some....More
conservation reserve program, conservation system, wildlife habitat, buffers
in Focus on Ag May 28, 2013

General CRP Sign-Up Underway

A general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up is currently occurring at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices throughout the United States....More
in Focus on Ag May 21, 2013

Corn Planting Progress Mixed

If you ask someone, “How much corn is planted, or how much spring fieldwork has occurred in your area?” the response is likely to be quite different....More
in Focus on Ag May 14, 2013

May 10 WASDE Could Cause Grain Market Concerns

The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 10 were regarded as bearish for the corn....More
in Focus on Ag May 07, 2013

ACRE Program Decisions for 2013

The Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program was implemented by USDA for the 2009 crop year, as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, and continued for the....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 30, 2013

Waiting To Start Spring Field Work

Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a championship game, farmers in Minnesota and Iowa are eagerly awaiting the initiation of full-....More

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