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 Apr 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 15, 2014

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 08, 2014

Another late spring on the horizon

It appears that 2014 will likely be similar to 2013, with a later-than-normal initiation of spring fieldwork in many areas of the Upper Midwest. This....More
in Focus on Ag Apr 01, 2014

March 31 USDA reports recap

On March 31, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report and quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated USDA Reports, due....More
in Focus on Ag Mar 25, 2014

Agriculture facts for National Ag Week 2014

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 23-30 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 25, being designated....More
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

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