Russ Quinn

DTN Staff Reporter
Russ Quinn is a DTN editor and reporter. He was born and raised in east central Nebraska on a cow-calf and row-crop farm near Elkhorn, which he still operates with his dad.

Russ attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and graduated with an associate's degree in agribusiness and farm management in 1994. He then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences in 1996.

After graduating, he began working for DTN in May of 1997 in the agriculture telesales department. In May of 1998 he was promoted to his current position in the DTN ag newsroom. Over the years, Russ has had many different editing and reporting duties and currently writes original articles including the growing-season series "View From the Cab" and the weekly column "Russ' Vintage Iron."

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  • Cereal rye as a cover crop sees some rain in a field in central Illinois. One of the advantages of utilizing cover crops is nutrients are recycled into the soil. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Cover Crops Locate Additional Soil N

    Cover crops have many obvious advantages, from improving soil health to feeding soil organisms. Less apparent benefits include trapping and recycling nutrients in the soil and allowing better use of fertilizer resources.

  • The average retail price of DAP increased $3 per ton this week to $407 per ton. That's about $80 per ton, or 18%, lower than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The retail prices of seven major fertilizers declined this week, and while the average price for DAP increased, it was by less than 1%.

  • The average retail price of UAN32 dropped $10/ton this week to $263/ton, the largest decline of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. UAN32 prices are 17% below where they were at this time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Six of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN had lower prices again this week, with UAN28 and UAN32 leading the way with $8/ton and $10/ton declines respectively.

  • Beef cattle producers use corn silage for a source of forage. Drought-damaged corn often becomes silage, but poor-quality forage is going to produce poor-quality silage. (DTN file photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Dry Weather Affects Silage

    Silage provides a nutritious source of forage for beef producers, whether it be for a cow-calf operation or a feedlot. Silage is often utilized when drought limits other types of forage. Water-stressed silage will produce less yield...

  • Drought over nearly two-thirds of Kansas is pushing cow/calf producers there to alter their management practices. Managed correctly, early weaning of calves is one such practice. DTN photo by Jim Patrico

    Early Weaning Aids During Drought

    Drought in Kansas is limiting the amount of forage available to cow/calf producers and a management practice, which need to be considered in the early weaning of calves. Studies have shown in intensively managed, early-weaned...

  • Cattle graze behind an electric fence. Grazing research in South Dakota shows grazing perennial grasses can aid soil health. (DTN file photo)

    Grazing Research Goes Natural

    Grazing research done at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, South Dakota, shows incorporating perennial grasses into a crop rotation can have a positive effect on soil health. Also, adding cattle to land helps farmers...

  • Urea prices dropped $16/ton, or 4%, from the same time last month, with retailers reporting an average price of $357/ton. Urea is 17% less expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices declined for the fourth week in a row, and even though busy season has passed, the shutdown of a major waterway could complicate the supply picture next fall.

  • Cattle graze behind an electric fence. Grazing research in South Dakota shows grazing perennial grasses can aid soil health. (DTN file photo)

    SD Grazing Research Goes Natural

    Grazing research done at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, South Dakota, shows incorporating perennial grasses into a crop rotation can have a positive effect on soil health. Also, adding cattle to land helps farmers...

  • Anhydrous prices declined $15/ton, or about 3%, compared to the previous month, coming in at $463/ton. That's nearly $100/ton less than the five-year average. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices declined for the third consecutive week. Nitrogen prices led the way as farmers mostly completed sidedressing operations, according to retailers.

  • People attend the Farm Progress Show held in Decatur, Illinois, in 2011. The 2020 Farm Progress Show and the 2020 Husker Harvest Days Show have been canceled because of concerns about COVID-19. (DTN file photo)

    Farm Progress, HHD Shows Canceled

    Because of rising cases of COVID-19 in most of the United States, Farm Progress announced June 28 the 2020 Farm Progress Show is canceled after stating less than two weeks ago that the show would still happen. The 2020 Husker...

  • Cattle grazing can improve unproductive soils and increase soil health. (DTN file photo)

    Livestock Improve Soil Health

    Soil health is a popular phrase right now in agriculture and there are certain practices producers can use to improve the soils on their farms. Livestock that graze perennial forage plants can go far in helping soils become more...

  • Over the past six months, the average retail price of DAP declined by $39/ton. It's also 18% less expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All eight of the retail fertilizer prices tracked by DTN declined compared to last month, with urea dropping the most.

  • Large crowds walk through the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The 2020 state fairs in at least 15 states, including Minnesota, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    Ag Events Canceled, Postponed

    Many agriculture-related events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This list includes at least 16 state fairs and several larger farm shows and expos. Many more ag events could be canceled as organizers wait to...

  • The only fertilizer with a slightly higher average price compared to the prior month was 10-34-0. The starter fertilizer had an average price of $468 per ton the first week of June 2020. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices were mostly lower the first week of June 2020, according to retailers surveyed by DTN. The only exception was 10-34-0, which had a slightly higher average price compared to a month ago.

  • Cattle in feedlots are susceptible to heat stress from high temperatures and humidity, but there are certain management practices that can help to lessen the effects. (DTN Photo by Jim Patrico)

    Watch for Heat Stress in Cattle

    With temperatures rising as summer begins, cattle producers need to consider heat stress management. Plans should be in place before the heat arrives and there are several tools to help producers keep a close eye on the situation.

  • The average retail price for potash declined $3 from the same time last month to $367 per ton. While the overall price change was minor, it was the largest observed this week. Potash is 6% less expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices remained flat this planting season, with none of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN showing a price change of more than 5% for the past seven weeks.

  • The average retail urea price increased $4 from last month at $388/ton. That's 9% lower than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    As retail fertilizer prices continue to make only minor price moves -- the largest this week was $4/ton -- DTN asked farmers if they consider a fertilizer's origin when making purchasing decisions.

  • Grazing needs more thought than just letting the cattle loose. (DTN\PF file photo)

    Spring Grazing Management Imperative

    Cattle producers need a plan before cattle are turned out and grazing season begins. Fences and water supply structures need to be maintained while supplementation and herd health are also important factors to consider before...