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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  • While it is impossible to completely child-proof a farm, there are certain safety practices that should be implemented. These include supervising children around livestock. (DTN file photo by Russ Quinn)

    Farm Safety Essential for Children

    The idyllic lifestyle of rural living attracts many people to raise children on farms. While many believe raising kids in rural areas is safer, there are also many hazards including farm machinery, livestock, flowing grain and...

  • The average retail price of DAP fertilizer is $952/ton for the second week of September 2022. The phosphate fertilizer is 36% more expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices are mixed for the second week of September 2022. No fertilizers were up or down of any significance looking back to last month. Five of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower compared to last month while...

  • Safety around power lines is important all year long but especially during harvest. Farmers are encouraged to know what to do if an overhead line is contacting their equipment. (Graphic by Ireland Health and Safety Authority)

    Safety Around Overhead Power Lines

    As corn and soybean harvest begins, farmers are reminded of the importance of being safe around power lines. Farm equipment like augers can accidentally contact overhead electric wires and can electrocution.

  • The drought in the Great Plains this growing season has had a negative effect on forage production, especially in Nebraska. Some cattle producers are already buying and stockpiling hay to meet their winter needs. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    Hay Prices Continue to Rise

    Drought in the High Plains region is having a negative effect on forage production, particularly in Nebraska. Less forage supply led hay prices to rise and push cattle producers to explore other feedstuff sources, or even cull...

  • The average retail price of UAN28 is slightly higher than last month at $579 per ton. The nitrogen fertilizer is 56% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for all but one of the eight retail fertilizers are once again lower, snapping a streak of five straight weeks all eight were less expensive. The one fertilizer slightly higher was UAN28. The nitrogen fertilizer's average price...

  • DAP was 5 percent less expensive in the last week of August compared to last month. The phosphorus fertilizer's average price was $952/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All retail fertilizers' prices are lower for the fifth straight week. DAP led the way to the low side, down 5 percent compared to last month, with an average price of $952/ton. The remaining seven fertilizers, meanwhile, were just...

  • Baler operators need to complete basic maintenance as well as be observant when operating the machine to ensure a fire does not start. (DTN file photo)

    Maintenance Helps Prevent Baler Fires

    Safety is important when operating any farm machinery, especially hay balers. The risk of fire is high with dry hay, dust and hydraulic oil. Baler operators need to complete basic maintenance as well as pay attention to how the...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous the fourth week of August 2022 was $1,331 per ton, down 7% from last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for retail fertilizers are lower for a fourth consecutive week. Anhydrous led the way, down 7% compared to last month, with an average price of $1,331 per ton. The remaining seven fertilizers were just slightly lower.

  • The Gambles Farmcrest 30 tractor is really a Cockshutt 30, which was sold in the U.S. The Canadian farm equipment company sold its tractors in the U.S. through the farm store for a few years in the late 1940s. (DTN photo by Bryce Anderson)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    In this month's edition of Russ' Vintage Iron, we take a closer at some of the lesser-known tractor variants. Some vintage tractor manufacturers had slight differences in their versions of the same series of tractors, while other...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous is 7% lower than last month and costs an average of $1,336/ton. It's 80% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All retail fertilizers' prices are once again lower for the third consecutive week. Anhydrous led the way to the low side, down 7% compared to last month, with an average price of $1,336/ton. The remaining seven fertilizers...

  • The average retail price for urea was 6% lower the second week of August 2022 compared to last month. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $812 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All eight of the major fertilizers were lower in the second week of August 2022 compared to last month. Half of the fertilizers were significantly lower, which DTN designates as anything 5% or more. Urea and anhydrous were 6% less...

  • Farmers will find significantly higher fertilizer prices this fall when considering their application plans, according to University of Minnesota Extension. (DTN file photo by Matthew Wilde)

    High Fertilizer Prices Remain for Fall

    With fall fertilizer application fast approaching, University of Minnesota nutrient specialists remind farmers there are many aspects to consider when making fertilizer application plans. High prices, of course, are on the list. But...

  • Anhydrous prices are down 5% from last month on an average price of $1,387/ton and on a price per pound of nitrogen basis is the cheapest source. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time during this most recent price shift lower, all eight of the major fertilizers were less expensive compared to last month. Two fertilizers, urea and anhydrous, had significant price declines while the remaining six...

  • Buried, underground fiberoptic cable carries high-speed internet in most rural areas. USDA announced this week $401 million in investments to rural internet in 11 states. (DTN Photo by Russ Quinn)

    USDA to Invest in Rural Internet

    A total of $401 million will be invested to provide high-speed internet to 31,000 rural residents in 11 states, according to USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. More rural internet investments are expected to be announced later...

  • The average retail price of UAN28 fell to $598 per ton in the third week of July 2022, the first time it cost less than $600/ton since January. The nitrogen fertilizer is 64% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most retail fertilizer prices for the third week of July 2022 are, once again, less expensive. Seven of the eight major fertilizers continue to be lower compared to last month, a trend that has been in place for two months now.

  • Last month's Vintage Iron column prompted several readers to reminisce about the plowing. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Russ' Vintage Iron column about John Deere potentially ending production of the moldboard plow prompted stories about the past from readers. This month, we present three of their interesting tales of plowing.

  • Forage production output faces several challenges this growing season, from severe drought to less fertilizer application due to record-high retail fertilizer prices. (DTN file photo by Mark Parker)

    Forage Production Faces Challenges

    Overall, forage production in 2022 is seeing major challenges, from severe drought in the Southwest to limited nutrient applications this spring due to record-high retail fertilizer prices. This situation could cause forage prices in...

  • At $866 per ton, the average retail price of urea is 11% lower than last month. However, it is still 58% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the first week of July 2022 continued to be less expensive than the prior month. Prices were once again led lower by urea, which was down 11% compared to last month for the second straight week.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $1,466 per ton in the fourth week of June, $63/ton less than in May. The nitrogen fertilizer is about twice as expensive as it was this time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the fourth week of June 2022 continue to be down from the previous month. Prices were led lower by urea, which was down 11% compared to last month.