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 Mar 18, 2014

PEDV impact on the swine industry

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a newer swine disease that first entered the United States in May 2013, and is now causing major economic....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 11, 2014

New farm bill offers new farm program choices

Crop producers will be offered several one-time choices for their farm program participation, which will be in place through the 2018 crop year....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 04, 2014

Crop insurance decision time

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2014 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest....More
in Focus on Ag Feb 25, 2014

Looming price risk ahead for corn, soybeans

A year ago at this time, the local cash corn price in southern Minnesota was near $7 per bushel, compared to slightly over $4 per bushel in late....More
in Focus on Ag Feb 18, 2014

2014 crop insurance decisions

Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE)....More
in Focus on Ag Feb 11, 2014

USDA WASDE report lowers corn supply

On Feb. 10, USDA released the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, which showed slight decrease in the expected U.S....More
in Focus on Ag Feb 04, 2014

House, Senate pass new farm bill

The new farm bill will reduce overall federal spending, will reduce total CRP acreage and will make some significant changes to farm commodity....More
in Focus on Ag Jan 27, 2014

Does farm size matter in bottom line profits?

According to recent studies by University of Illinois and University of Minnesota, There do not appear to be any advantages to larger farm sizes over....More
in Focus on Ag Jan 21, 2014

Dairy policy holding up farm bill, not nutrition program

A struggle over finalizing future dairy policy, rather than provisions for the Nutrition or Commodity Title, has stalled the farm bill process in....More
in Focus on Ag Jan 14, 2014

January 2014 USDA report summary

As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 10 indicates that the total U.S. corn production for 2013 will increase significantly,....More

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