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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  • Cow-calf producers need to understand their production costs and make sure they can break even when purchasing replacement heifers. (DTN file photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Break Even on Replacement Heifers

    For those cow-calf producers considering purchasing replacement heifers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension created a replacement breakeven report. The report, based on production costs, calculates how much can be spent...

  • The average price of UAN28 declined 9% compared to last month and had an average price of $523/ton. It is 13% less expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Once again, seven of the eight major fertilizers' prices are lower compared to last month. Five of the eight major fertilizers were significantly lower. DTN designates a substantial move as...

  • : The average retail price of potash declined 9% from this time last month to $721 per ton, the lowest price level since the third week of October 2021. It's 11% less expensive than at this time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for all eight major fertilizers are essentially at the same level they were in the fall of 2021 -- right before the beginning of the run-up in prices, which lasted for a full year and a...

  • Agricultural producers need to be safe around hydraulic systems. Hydraulic hoses, especially in the winter, require attention to keep equipment operators safe. (DTN file photo by Dan Miller)

    Hydraulic Hoses Need Care in Winter

    Agricultural producers operate machinery year around with hydraulic systems. Hydraulic hoses, especially in the cold winter, need to be in good shape to withstand a wide range of temperatures. Failure to keep hoses in decent...

  • DTN's longtime tracking of retail fertilizer prices has helped to create an interesting analysis of prices. (DTN file photo)

    Highs and Lows of DTN Fertilizer Prices

    DTN has tracked retail fertilizer prices for more than 14 years. Nutrients have had a wide price fluctuation from high to low during this time because of various market factors. So how high and low did they go?

  • Windbreaks, either manmade or natural, protect livestock from cold weather and snow in the winter, and can also help lower feed costs. (DTN file photo)

    Windbreaks Protect Livestock in Winter

    Livestock windbreaks can come in different forms and can be permanent or temporary structures. Trees planted strategically, manmade structures constructed from metal and wood and even cornstalk bales lined up properly can...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous declined 12% from last month to $1,245/ton. The nitrogen fertilizer is now 13% less expensive than at this time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Seven of the eight major fertilizers' prices are lower in price compared to last month. Five of the eight major fertilizers were significantly lower looking back a month. DTN designates a substantial move as anything 5% or more.

  • Potash prices are 8% lower compared to last month with an average price of $765/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers are lower compared to one month earlier. Three fertilizers -- MAP, potash and urea -- were significantly lower than a month ago. DTN designates a substantial move as...

  • The average retail price of MAP was 6% lower the fourth week of December 2022 than it was a month ago, at $909 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers are lower compared to one month earlier. Three fertilizers -- MAP, potash and urea -- were significantly lower than a month ago. DTN designates a substantial move as...

  • Supply concerns with the war in Ukraine and fertilizer price affordability pushed potash demand lower in 2022 and this downward trend is expected to remain in place in 2023. (CRU Graphic)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 3

    Much like the phosphorous outlook, the potash outlook in 2023 is mixed. Issues remain with some supply concerns from the Ukraine and Russia at war and perhaps some logistic concerns in the U.S. Demand destruction limited...

  • Potash was 5% less expensive the third week of December 2022 compared to last month with an average price of $807 per ton. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most retail fertilizer prices continued to move lower in the third week of December 2022, with prices for seven of the eight major fertilizers down from last month. Potash was 5% less expensive compared to last month with an...

  • A polar vortex event is set to drop across the country at midweek, bringing extreme cold, some snow and high winds. Livestock producers should utilize cold weather management practices with these extreme conditions. (DTN photo by Elaine Kub)

    Winter Storm to Put Livestock at Risk

    A polar vortex event is set to cross most of the U.S. midweek. The cold front will bring with it extreme cold, some snow and high winds. Livestock producers will want to be prepared for the storm by providing bedding or shelter...

  • At $751/ton, the average retail price of 10-34-0 starter fertilizer is 1% lower than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices for the second week of December 2022 continue to trend lower, with seven of the eight major fertilizers down compared to last month. No fertilizer was appreciably higher or lower than the previous month. DTN...

  • Demand destruction from record high phosphorus fertilizer prices was seen across the globe in 2022. Demand should rebound in 2023 and 2024, depending on fertilizer affordability. (CRU Graphic)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 2

    The phosphorus (P) outlook for 2023 is mixed. With various geopolitical events affecting global fertilizer production, fertilizer prices spiked to record highs. This led farmers to cut P fertilizer applications internationally, and this...

  • The Quinn family's 1957 John Deere 620 tractor and wooden-wheeled wagon decorated with Christmas lights and an illuminated Santa Claus from Christmas 1992. (Photo courtesy Russ Quinn)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Large, farm-place Christmas light displays always impressed me as a kid. Seeing Christmas lights on buildings, fences, and even farm machinery was remarkable. For a few years, roughly three decades ago, we did the same thing on our...

  • Urea dropped below the $800/ton level for the first time since the fourth week of October 2021. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices for the first week of December 2022 continue mostly lower, with six fertilizers down and the remaining two higher compared to last month. No fertilizer was noticeably higher or lower than the previous month. DTN...

  • The price for UAN32 rose slightly in the last week to $681/ton. On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, UAN32 logged in at $1.06/lb.N. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices for the third week of November 2022 are once again mostly lower with six fertilizers down while the remaining two fertilizers are higher compared to last month.

  • Cow-calf producers can use different culling approaches to help them generate more revenue when selling cull cows. (DTN Photo by Gregg Hillyer)

    Culling Cows Cleverly Increases Income

    Cull cows are important in cow-calf operations, as they typically make up 10% to 30% of the total herd revenue. Here are some of the different tactics you can use to increase your cull cow revenue.

  • The price of potash fell from $863/ton to $848/ton in the last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices for the second full week of November 2022 are slightly lower with five fertilizers down while the remaining three fertilizers are higher compared to last month.

  • Average anhydrous price at $1,434/ton is slightly more expensive than last month, but not significantly. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices for the first full week of November 2022 are evenly mixed with four fertilizers slightly higher and four fertilizers slightly lower than last month.