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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  • Anhydrous saw a significant price drop in the fourth week of May 2024, down 5% from last month. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $758 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most average retail fertilizer prices continued to be down the fourth week of May 2024 with prices for seven fertilizers lower and the price of just one nutrient slightly higher compared to a month prior. Two fertilizers had a...

  • Those who work with livestock need to remember to be careful around needles when giving injections. Needlestick injuries are common but often not reported. (DTN file photo)

    Needlestick Injuries Often Ignored

    Needlestick injuries are common in animal agriculture. While often these injuries are ignored, some injuries can lead to workers being severely injured or killed depending on what the animals are being injected with. One expert said...

  • The price of urea keeps moving lower compared to a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices are mostly lower with six products less expensive and two nutrients slightly higher compared to a month prior. The only fertilizer with a significant move in either direction was urea. The nitrogen fertilizer was 5...

  • USDA announced companies in 12 states will receive $83 million in grants through the most recent Fertilizer Production Expansion Program, according to a USDA press release. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    USDA Announces New Fertilizer Grants

    USDA announced another round of grants through the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program, awarding $83 million to companies in 12 states. This program provides grants to independent business owners to help them modernize...

  • The average retail price of urea was down 5% from a month ago during the second week of May 2024. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $556 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the second week in a row, most fertilizer prices were lower than the previous month. The only fertilizer with a significant move in either direction was urea. The nitrogen fertilizer was 5% lower compared to last month with an...

  • The price of urea fertilizer was 5% lower compared to last month, with an average price of $557/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices were somewhat mixed with five fertilizers lower while three nutrients were slightly higher compared to a month prior. The only fertilizer with a significant move in either direction was urea. The nitrogen fertilizer...

  • One grazing management decision that should be made before pasture turnout involves minerals. Cattle should be fed a high magnesium mineral to prevent grass tetany, a mineral imbalance. (DTN photo by Becky Mills)

    Top 5 Checklist for Pasture Turnout

    For producers who graze cattle, there is nothing like the beginning of the grazing season -- lush green grass after a long winter. However, certain management practices should be completed before cattle are turned out to graze.

  • The proper timing of pasture turnout is an important step to ensure adequate forage production for grazing livestock. (DTN Photo by Chris Clayton)

    Timing Critical for Forage Production

    Proper timing of pasture turnout is critical for optimal forage production. Grazing too early will reduce plant vigor (growth) and lower total forage production. Increased disease, insect and weed infestations are possible negative...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was down just slightly from the previous month during the last week of April 2024 with an average price of $794 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for six of the eight major fertilizers were slightly higher the last week of April 2024 compared to last month. Two fertilizers, potash and anhydrous, were slightly lower in price. No fertilizer saw a significant...

  • My late uncle, Jim Quinn, standing in his Iowa cornfield. (Photo courtesy of Quinn family)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Those of us raised with aunts, uncles and cousins who lived nearby almost felt we had multiple sets of parents and siblings. My dad farmed with his brother for my entire childhood. I have an endless supply of memories of both him...

  • The forage outlook from the Dakotas south to Texas looks to be positive with more moisture returning in many areas. This is good news for producers who graze livestock. (DTN File Photo)

    Less Drought Means More Forage Growth

    With less drought showing up from Texas north through the Dakotas, the forage outlook is positive with the possibility of more production than in recent dry growing seasons. There are some dry areas and expanding drought could...

  • UAN32 prices are slightly higher than a month ago, but 18% lower than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Seven of the eight major fertilizers are priced higher compared to last month. One fertilizer, potash, was slightly lower in price. None of the eight major fertilizers were up a significant amount from a month ago.

  • At $417 per ton in the second week of April 2024, the average retail price of UAN32 was 5% higher than it was last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the third straight week prices for all fertilizers were up. However, only one fertilizer, UAN32...

  • The average retail price of UAN28 was 5% higher than a month ago in the first week of April 2024, with an average retail price of $362 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for all eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the second consecutive week all fertilizers were more expensive. One fertilizer, UAN28, was significantly more expensive than a month ago.

  • The types and amounts of nutrients available to cattle grazing high-yielding corn stalks might be changing, according to research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Are Corn Residues Changing?

    In the Corn Belt, crop residues are an important source of feed for grazing livestock. New data from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln show residue from high-yielding corn is changing, slightly. The corn residue has less biomass...

  • Urea was 8% more expensive compared to last month with an average price of $576/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the second time recently this has happened. Two fertilizers (urea, UAN28) were significantly more expensive looking back a month ago.

  • UAN28 was one of two fertilizers posting significantly higher prices this week. UAN28 prices were 6% higher. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices are mostly higher with seven of the eight major fertilizers now more expensive compared to last month. Two fertilizers -- urea and UAN28 -- were significantly more expensive compared to a month ago.

  • The average retail price of urea was up 7% from last month in the second week of March 2024 with an average price of $566 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight major fertilizers were higher than last month in the second week of March 2024. One fertilizer was significantly more expensive: Urea was up 7% from last month with an average price of $566 per...