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 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
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

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