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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  • The average retail price of potash was $878/ton in the third week of May, 2022. That's twice as expensive as last year and closing in on the all-time high of $896/ton, which was set in November, 2008. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the third week of May 2022 show evenly mixed prices for the first time in several months. While most prices remain slightly higher, some were lower or unchanged.

  • At $1,000 per ton, the average retail price of urea declined slightly from last month. The nitrogen fertilizer is still 94% more expensive than at this time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most retail fertilizer prices continued to be higher in the second week of May 2022 compared to a month ago. Two fertilizers, however, were slightly lower in price this week.

  • Soil has blown into the roadside ditch after a wildfire burned near Lyons, Nebraska. After fires, farmers face losing topsoil without crop residue present. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    After Wildfires, Producers Face Issues

    Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in Nebraska this spring, destroying anything in their path. Farmers and ranchers both have distinct challenges as this growing season begins. Crop producers face soil loss because of less...

  • Brothers Kyle (8 years old) and Burke Quinn (3) stand next to their late great-grandpa J.B. Quinn's 1957 John Deere 620 tractor in 2012. Ten years later, Kyle (17) is now a junior in high school, while Burke (12) is a seventh grader. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    I have worked at DTN for 25 years as of May 5. We look back at my time at the company and how Russ' Vintage Iron came to be.

  • A ton of potash cost an average of $881 in the fourth week of April. That's more than double what it cost at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most retail fertilizer prices continued to be higher the fourth week of April 2022 compared to last month. Two fertilizers (urea and UAN28), however, were slightly lower in price. MAP is now at an all-time high price in our DTN data...

  • MAP prices touched their previous high this week, coming in at $1,079 per ton. The phosphate fertilizer is 54% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the third week of April 2022 show all fertilizers are once again higher. However, only two fertilizers, MAP and UAN32, are significantly higher compared to last month.

  • Forage producers face a double whammy this growing season with drought expanding and extremely high fertilizer prices. (DTN file photo)

    Drought, Fertilizer Cloud Forage View

    Forage producers face two giant hurdles as the growing season begins. Drought conditions are present on much of the Plains from the Canadian border south through Texas. And producers lucky enough not to be in drought areas...

  • At $1,047/ton, the average retail price of DAP fertilizer is 68% more expensive than last year. It's also the highest on record. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the second week of April 2022 continue to show all products higher compared to last month. While all fertilizers are higher, only three are up a considerable amount.

  • Cow-calf producers need to be prepared to feed their cattle alternative feedstuffs when drought limits the amount of grass available for grazing. (DTN file photo by Benjamin Krain)

    Feeding Cow-Calf Pairs in Drought

    There are fewer drought concerns in the Northern Plains this spring compared to a year earlier, but cow-calf producers should still consider their options if dry conditions limit the amount of grass available to them. Several...

  • Members of Congress sent President Joe Biden a letter this week, asking him to do something about high fertilizer prices. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Matthew Wilde)

    Call to Address High Fertilizer Prices

    Earlier this week, 100 members of Congress sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to take action against record-high fertilizer prices. Rising nutrient prices are squeezing the profitability of farmers and could cause food...

  • Cereal rye is among the many small grains that work well as a forage crop. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)

    Tips for Using Small Grains for Silage

    At the 2022 Silage for Beef Conference, speakers discussed using small grains for silage. There are many options for using small grains, but proper management will go a long way to assure both yield and forage quality are adequate.

  • A vintage De Laval milking machine on display. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Vintage Iron

    A birthday party in a friend's dad's farm shop led to an interesting discovery: a vintage De Laval portable milking machine from the 1920s. This small engine allowed dairy farmers to milk cows, separate cream and even run light in...

  • DAP prices climbed 16% from last month, establishing a record price of $1,014 per ton. The phosphate fertilizer is 65% more expensive than it was last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    DAP and urea prices jumped significantly compared to last month, with the former setting a new record high price while the latter continues to press into uncharted price territory.

  • Dry fields and high winds created ideal conditions for wildfires in eastern Nebraska recently, such as on this field near Herman, Nebraska. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Drought, Winds Fan Midwest Wildfires

    A winter with very little snow, which led to drought conditions, combined with high winds makes for an ideal environment for wildfires to burn. One fire burnt a little too close to home for DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn.

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0, also known as starter fertilizer, climbed to $866 per ton. That's 5% higher than last month and 49% more expensive than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The average retail prices of DAP and 10-34-0 increased 5% over the past month, according to a DTN survey of retailers.

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0, also known as starter fertilizer, climbed to $866 per ton. That's 5% higher than last month and 49% more expensive than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The average retail prices of DAP and 10-34-0 increased 5% over the past month, according to a DTN survey of retailers.

  • The global fertilizer market faced yet another challenge when Russia invaded Ukraine last week. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Conflict Triggers Fertilizer Concerns

    The military conflict between Russia and Ukraine will put more pressure on the global fertilizer market. Both supply issues and higher prices are possible with several Black Sea region countries being large producers of various...

  • Bull management is important as half of a cow/calf herd's genetics come from bulls. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)

    Prepare Bulls for Breeding Season

    Proper nutrition at pre-weaning, post-weaning and in the breeding season are important in the development of bulls. Shortages in nutrition can lead to physical and reproductive problems.