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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  • MAP prices are 19% lower than at the same time last year at $435/ton. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The price of five retail fertilizers tracked by DTN declined for the second week of February, while three showed increases.

  • The dangers in a bin of out-of-condition grain can be both seen and unseen. The apparent danger would be things like bridged-up grain, which could engulf and kill those who enter the bin. The unseen dangers could be the micro-toxins and dust in the bin from the spoiled grain. (Graphic courtesy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

    Tips for Tackling Damaged Corn

    Grain-quality issues from the 2019 growing season are challenging farmers as they check their bins and begin to move grain. Here are some ways to deal with the problems.

  • Anhydrous logged a minor price increase compared to a month ago, now $490/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail prices for most fertilizers continued to move lower the first week of February 2020, but for the first time in quite some time, prices for three fertilizers were slightly higher compared to the previous month.

  • DAP is 6% lower compared to a month ago with an average price of $414/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices remain on an overall lower path this week with five posting slightly lower prices, two posting slightly higher prices and DAP a full 6% lower than last month.

  • Dr. Tyler Dohlman (red shirt) of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine used a fake cow and calf to advise a volunteer on best methods to pull a calf, including proper chain placement. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Cattle Producers Sharpen Their Skills

    Attendees of a cow-calf short course in Atlantic, Iowa learned about calving assistance practices, using some hands-on -- and arms-in -- experience.

  • Veterinarian Nate Hansen holds up colostrum replacer during a Southwest Iowa Cow-Calf Short Course held Jan. 27 in Atlantic, Iowa. Improved management at calving time and after a newborn calf is born can often make tough situations go more smoothly. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Cow-Calf Course

    Cattle producers at a recent cow-calf course were told to know their limitations and when to call the veterinarian during calving time.

  • DAP prices led fertilizers lower with a 7% drop compared to last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to shift even lower the third week of January 2020. And, for the first time in quite some time, multiple fertilizers were significantly lower compared to last month.

  • James Piotter of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, owns this International 1456 tractor. The tractor is currently getting a restored factory cab installed, which was on it at one time. (Photo courtesy of James Piotter)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    James Piotter of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, shares how his family used an International 1456 tractor on their farm.

  • Urea was down 5%, more than any other fertilizer. (DTN/ProphetX chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices are showing a downward trend, especially urea.

  • The retail price of urea declined 6% compared to last month with an average cost of $358 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail urea prices dropped an average of 6% compared to last month, the largest price change of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. It continues a long-running trend toward lower prices.

  • Kyle Krier, a farmer and forage producer from Claflin, Kansas, said it was difficult to harvest quality hay in 2019 in his region of central Kansas. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)

    Forage Price Update

    Weather challenges in recent years have caused hay prices to climb fairly high. Prices could climb even higher this spring as the supply starts to lessen, according to experts.

  • The average retail price of urea was down 5%, compared to last month, at $363 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all but one fertilizer were lower for the week including the last two days of 2019 and first few days of 2020. The starter fertilizer 10-34-0 had a minor price increase from a month ago.

  • Global fertilizer use has increased every year since 2000, minus the global financial crisis of 2008. World fertilizer demand is expected to be just under 200 million metric tons in 2019. (Graphic courtesy of Rajiv Ram, CRU Int. Ltd.)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 6

    A strong rebound in global fertilizer demand is expected in 2020, led by more acres planted in the U.S. Despite that general trend, China is seeing its nutrient demand share falling.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $488 per ton the fourth week of December 2019, down about 1.8% from $497 the fourth week of November. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were slightly lower again in the fourth week of December 2019.

  • The world's nutrient capacity is expected to increase by 66% from 1990 to 2022. (Graphic courtesy of Michel Prud'homme)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 5

    Global fertilizer demand is increasing as the world's farmers attempt to feed an ever-increasing world population. Some areas of the world see increasing supplies, such as urea capacity in India, while other areas see fertilizer...

  • Global sulfur supply was 60 million metric tons (mmt) in 2017 and demand was 62 mmt for 2017. (Graphic courtesy Fiona Boyd, Acuity Commodities)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 4

    Much like the outlook for other nutrients, the world sulfur market appears balanced as it heads into 2020. However, several possible challenges in the coming year could change this situation.

  • Phosphate demand in the United States fell from 4 million metric tons in 2018 to 3.6 mmt in 2019, a decrease of 10%, with bad weather being a big factor. (DTN file photo)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 2

    Despite weather issues in the United States in 2019, global phosphorus fertilizer consumption is increasing. Countries such as India and several African countries have seen increases in consumption in recent years.

  • Stress on the farm is hard to avoid with the numerous challenges farmers have had to deal with in 2019. (Photo by Getty Images)

    Distress on the Farm

    Numerous weather challenges have added undue stress to farmers in 2019, but there are actions one can take to help reduce stress in challenging times.

  • DAP had an average price of $444 per ton the third week of December 2019, down $12 per ton from $456 a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers moved lower the third week of December 2019.

  • Either a bullish or bearish scenario will play out in the potash market in 2020. The bullish situation has a better chance of occurring, according to a fertilizer analyst. (Graphic courtesy of Mike Rahm, Mike R. Rahm Consulting LLC)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 3

    North America is projected to account for the bulk of the gain of potash shipments to the Americas, with shipments rebounding from 9.4 million metric tons this year to 10.2 mmt in 2020.

  • This Massey-Harris 44 is not the Quinn family's Massey mentioned in this column. But perhaps someday the Quinn Massey will look as good. (Photo by Massey-Harris_44 by RoseOhioResident; CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Love o' the green iron and vintage iron is standard in the Quinn family, and it looks like another generation has the bug.

  • U.S. and Canadian fertilizer industry groups praise the USMCA trade deal and say it will help farmers who depend on cost-effective products. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    USMCA Announcement Hailed

    The fertilizer industry is urging swift passage of USMCA by the Canadian and U.S. governments. A recent fertilizer outlook conference also stressed that trade uncertainties are bearish for global fertilizer supply and demand. Both...

  • UAN32 was 5% lower in price during the first week of December compared to last month and the nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $276. (DTN graph)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to move lower during the first week of December.