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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  • Despite some supply issues in parts of the Corn Belt, the average retail price of anhydrous was down $4 to $592 the second week of April 2019 from $596 the second week of March. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Though fertilizer applications have begun to ramp up in some areas of the Corn Belt, average retail prices saw only small moves in either direction the second week of April 2019.

  • USDA announced Farm Service Agency offices in the Iowa counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury beginning Monday are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address the widespread damages from the most recent Missouri River flooding. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Emergency Aid Available

    Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Monday he has directed USDA to aid farmers in five western Iowa counties hit especially hard by flooding last month.

  • Flooding rerouted traffic in many places near Omaha due to historic weather in the area. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    The recent bomb cyclone complicated life in Nebraska and nearby states, and the effects will likely be felt for months and years.

  • A pile of sand sits in a flooded field just east of the Elkhorn River near Scribner, Nebraska. Producers with flooded fields now face the daunting task of removing the large amount of sand deposited on their fields. DTN photo by Russ Quinn.

    Forages Needed After Floods

    With pastures now buried under feet of sand along flooded rivers and fences completely destroyed, it will be a long-term project to restore these areas to productivity.

  • Trees and sand litter a washed-out rural road and farm fields near the Elkhorn River Bridge just east of Scribner, Nebraska. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides cost-share to producers who have severe damage to farmland and pastures. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    FSA Programs Available to Nebraska Farm

    While USDA FSA cost-share programs are available for Nebraska farmers affected by recent severe flooding, there are several rules involved that producers must follow. Here's why you should talk to your local FSA office before...

  • Screenshot of video taken by Nebraska State Patrol by helicopter over the Fremont, Nebraska, area on March 15 showing the flooding from the Platte River. According to the patrol, each of the little islands had dozens of cattle on it, stranded with no place to go. (Nebraska State Patrol video)

    Flood Impact on Cattle

    Despite trying to prepare for challenging weather conditions, cow-calf producers still lost cattle to blizzards and floods, and expect to see lasting impacts on their calves.

  • Trees and sand litter a washed-out rural road and farm fields near the Elkhorn River Bridge just east of Scribner, Nebraska. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides cost-share to producers who have severe damage to farmland and pastures. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    FSA Programs in Nebraska

    While USDA FSA cost-share programs are available for Nebraska farmers affected by recent severe flooding, there are several rules involved that producers must follow. Here's why you should talk to your local FSA office before...

  • A recent Ag Economic Insights newsletter touted urea as a more economic source of nitrogen. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    DTN data show most retail fertilizer prices are lower for the fourth week of March.

  • DAP had an average retail price of $509 per ton the third week of March 2019, down $3 from $512 per ton the third week of February 2019. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for half of the major fertilizers tracked by DTN were slightly lower the third week of March 2019, while prices for the other half were slightly lower.

  • One major problem after the floodwaters are gone is microbial growth on surfaces in buildings. This can lead to various human issues, including general discomfort, irritated mucous membranes and irritation to the nervous system. People should wear personal protective equipment when cleaning up. (Photo courtesy of Nebraska governor's office)

    Flood Cleanup Requires Care

    When recovering from floods, people need to protect themselves physically, emotionally and mentally even long after the water recedes.

  • Potash has a price higher than last month, with an average price of $386/ton, and is one of three fertilizers that have moved higher. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Five of the eight major fertilizers' prices during the second week of March were lower compared to last month. Once again, the moves lower were fairly minor.

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Anhydrous prices were slightly higher than last month at retailers DTN tracks. However a fertilizer price prediction model out of Kansas State University foresees a drop to $557/ton by November. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for five of the fertilizers DTN tracks were slightly lower than last month, while two were slightly higher.

  • Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower at the end of February. The price of urea dropped the most, from $407 per ton the fourth week of January to $404 the fourth week of February. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time in several months, average retail fertilizer prices appear to be softening. Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower the fourth week of February 2019.

  • Soil moisture levels are extremely high in the eastern half of the U.S. This is not good news for farmers and fertilizer retailers who face a busy spring of fertilizer application. (Graphic courtesy of NOAA)

    Farmers Face Full Spring Agenda

    An extremely wet fall delayed harvest, giving farmers in most Corn Belt locations little time to apply fertilizer last fall before winter arrived. Farmers and fertilizer retailers now face a busy spring application season, which could...

  • The average retail price of urea was $405 per ton the second week of February 2019, down slightly from $407 per ton a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for six of the eight major fertilizers were slightly higher the second week of February 2019, ending a four-week streak of prices for all fertilizers moving higher.

  • FFA students in Arlington, Nebraska, participated in a National FFA Week event to drive tractors to school on Feb. 19. Shown here is Kyle Quinn on his great grandfather's 620. FFA members who also drove tractors to school that day were Cassidy Arp, Blake Kracl and Kobe Wilkins. (Photo courtesy of Jill Hensley, Arlington agriculture education/FFA adviser)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Russ Quinn shares how his son wanted to drive a special tractor in a National FFA Week event that encouraged FFA members to drive their tractors to school.

  • Having different sources of S that are both elemental and sulfate will allow plants access to the nutrient all growing season. (DTN file photo)

    Sulfur Fertilizers: One Vital Nutrient

    Crops need the proper amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to produce healthy plants and top yields. Nearly as important is sulfur. Plants not only need sulfur but also require it in the right form for plant availability.

  • UAN32 was 5% higher the first week of February 2019 compared to the previous month with an average price of $318 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were higher the first week of February 2019. This marks the fourth consecutive week prices for all eight of the major fertilizers have been higher.

  • The national average retail price of urea is fractionally higher this week. Prices jumped sharply last fall, but have leveled out since November. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN rose this week, although none increased by more than 5%, the level DTN considers significant.

  • North Dakota State University recommends all bulls have an annual breeding soundness exam in late March or early April. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Extreme Cold Poses Danger for Bulls

    When the weather turns frigid, livestock can be severely affected. Bulls are especially at risk, because freezing temperatures can damage their reproductive organs.

  • Anhydrous prices increased $16/ton in the last full week of January, bringing the average retail price to $584/ton. That's 19% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN moved higher the last full week of January, although none increased by more than 5%.