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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  • Those who work with anhydrous ammonia need equipment training and knowledge of personal protection equipment. (DTN file photo by Elizabeth Williams)

    Proper Training Needed With Anhydrous

    Anhydrous ammonia is the least expensive form of nitrogen fertilizer but is also one of the most dangerous chemicals used in agriculture. Here are some safety tips on how to handle it.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was up 22% the last week of March 2021 compared to last month and had an average price of $685 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to rise in the past week, but some inputs are slowing their rate of climb.

  • Cattle producers should plan for drought conditions well before the growing season begins, then monitor drought conditions during the next few months as well as their grazing practices. (DTN file photo by Scott Bauer, NRCS)

    Make a Drought Plan for the Ranch Now

    Planning out how to graze during a drought is an important consideration. Having access to less grass should be expected, and producers need to be flexible and use different grazing methods and alterative forages in case rain...

  • While most livestock producers have worked with animals for many years, it's important to remember safety around livestock. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)

    Livestock Safety Considerations

    Livestock producers need to keep safety in mind when handling their animals. Proper equipment and facilities are necessary when working with livestock, as well as understanding how to handle livestock in a low-stress manner.

  • Snow keeps piling up at the Quinn farm this winter after a recent heavy snowstorm. Sub-zero temperatures have now moved in and even more snow is forecasted. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN Reporter Russ Quinn continues to ponder how people pushed snow in the past, as well as shares one reader's own snow story.

  • Several alfalfa insect pests and diseases can affect the crop, which limits overall yields and lowers forage quality. (DTN/PF photo by Dan Miller)

    Look Out for Alfalfa Pests, Diseases

    Alfalfa producers need to keep a close eye on insect pests and diseases during the growing season, as these can rob yield and lower the quality of the forage. Scouting and management practices are important steps to preventing...

  • The average retail DAP prices increased more than $100/ton from last month, or 21%, to $605/ton. The phosphorus fertilizer is 48% more expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices of all eight major fertilizers increased significantly again this week, with countervailing duties on phosphorus fertilizers and nitrogen demand for the upcoming growing season driving the surge.

  • Rural telecommunications companies are going to need to use different technologies to expand access to high-speed internet in the future, including buried fiber-optic cables. (Photo courtesy of Premier Communications)

    Rural Broadband Needs Tech, Ventures

    With more people relying on the internet in the COVID-19 pandemic, rural broadband is even more important for those who live and operate businesses in rural areas. Different technologies and partnerships will need to be used to...

  • The average retail price of UAN32 fertilizer increased 15% from the same time last month, but at $288 per ton, it's only 4% more expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizers continue their upward march with prices for all eight gaining between 7% and 22% from the month prior. Experts say shutdowns related to last week's deep freeze could tighten supplies.

  • Phosphorus fertilizer imports into the U.S. are at the heart of the trade dispute between U.S. producer The Mosaic Company and Moroccan and Russian producers. (Progressive Farmer photo by

    US Rules on Phosphorus Trade Dispute

    The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled phosphorus imports are unfairly subsidized on Wednesday. The U.S. International Trade Commission is also investigating, which could lead to countervailing duties for five years on roughly $1...

  • Snow keeps piling up at the Quinn farm this winter after a recent heavy snowstorm. Sub-zero temperatures have now moved in and even more snow is forecasted. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN Reporter Russ Quinn is pushing snow this winter with equipment his family has used for generations.

  • Hog producers, mainly in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, face a new PRRS strain. The new strain (1-4-4) causes high mortality rates in both sows and piglets. (DTN/Progressive Farmer File Photo)

    New PRRS Strain Kills Sows, Piglets

    Hog producers are used to battling PRRS but a new strain (1-4-4) of the virus threatens both sows and piglets. Higher mortality rates in a short period of time have been seen in herds with the virus. Good biosecurity practices...

  • Farmers need to follow safety practices when working with stored grain. In 1980, most grain bins on farms could only store around 3,000 bushels. Today, grain bins can store 50,000 to 60,000 bushels. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Large Grain Bins Require Caution

    Grain entrapment can injure or kill those working with stored grain. Larger bins with more flowing grain create higher risk, especially if the grain is out of condition. Here are some safety...

  • Cow-calf producers should test hay and know their livestock nutritional needs before buying hay for feed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    What to Look for When Purchasing Hay

    Beef cattle producers should consider several issues before purchasing hay. Determining the nutrient levels of the hay and knowing the nutrient needs of your livestock are a couple major considerations.

  • While it would be best to prevent stored grain pests period, it is also important to be able to identify them and manage these insects. (DTN/Progressive Farmer File Photo)

    Beware Bin Pests

    Managing stored grain properly can keep grain in good condition and prevent an infestation of pests. It is worthwhile to know the different types of insects that could damage stored grain and the options for marketing infested...