Russ Quinn

DTN Staff Reporter
Russ Quinn
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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  • DTN recently ran a poll question asking "Retail fertilizer prices have been on a steady increase since the beginning of 2017. Have you pre-purchased any of your fertilizer needs?" This chart shows how readers responded. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The majority of farmers who responded to a recent DTN Poll said they pre-purchased their fertilizer needs several months ago.

  • The John Deere factory in Waterloo, Iowa, is part of an ag manufacturing infrastructure that employs 114,000 Americans. (Photo courtesy John Deere)

    Equipment Mfgs. Help Economy Grow

    The equipment manufacturing industry supported 1.3 million jobs and contributed $159 billion to the Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of the U.S. in 2016, according to new report released by The Association of Equipment Manufacturers...

  • Stored grain needs to be monitored to assure grain quality does not decline as temperature rise in the spring, according to Shane Stutzman, a Nebraska-based pressure cure specialist for grain storage company Custom Marketing Company (CMC). (Photo courtesy of Sukup Manufacturing)

    Maintain Stored Grain Quality

    Improperly stored grain can lead to quality issues as temperatures rise. Implementing simple management practices can lessen some of those concerns, experts say.

  • The average retail price of urea was $361 per ton the first week of March 2017. Urea is 5% less expensive compared to a year earlier. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices were still on the rise the first week of March 2017, though only by a small amount, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN.

  • During the last two days of February and first three days of March 2017, anhydrous was back above $500 per ton for the first time since the first week of September 2016 when the price was $502 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to rise the last two days of February and first three days of March 2017, though at a slower rate than in previous week, according to DTN data.

  • A heat reclamation system sold by GSI for tower dryers separates hot dry air from wet air to save energy costs. It can be retrofit on many existing dryers.

    More Efficient Technology for Propane

    The Propane Education and Research Council has partnered with three agricultural companies to develop new fuel-efficient grain drying technologies that could help farmers save money.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous is 9% lower than it was at the same time a year ago. Anhydrous was $490 per ton the fourth week of February 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Outlook

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to rise the fourth week of February 2017, though at a slower rate than in recent weeks.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous is 9% lower than it was at the same time a year ago. Anhydrous was $490 per ton the fourth week of February 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to rise the fourth week of February 2017, though at a slower rate than in recent weeks.

  • UAN28 was 8% higher the third week of February 2017 compared to last month with an average price of $240 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to increase the third week of February 2017, marking the fourth week in a row prices have moved higher.

  • Retail urea prices have been on an upswing since reaching a low in mid-Nov. 2016. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the second week in Feb. 2017 shows that most fertilizers' prices are on the increase. Urea, UAN28 and UAN32 all had significant prices increases compared to a month earlier.

  • Southern Plains cattle producers are employing some innovative grazing systems. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Barb Baylor Anderson)

    Grazing Options

    Alternative grazing systems used by Southern Plains cattlemen was the topic of discussion at the Great Plains Grazing webinar held in late January.

  • Hydraulics are the heart of tractor systems that run implements, but they require maintenance and caution. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    Hydraulic System Basics and Safety

    Knowing the basics of a system is important to know how maintain that system.

  • Potassium fertilizer application in corn and soybean production is an important aspect and often overlooked. (Photo courtesy of Michael Cline)

    Avoid Fertilizer Deficiency

    Potassium fertilizer is important in crop production; without proper levels in the soil, both crop yields and quality suffer.

  • UAN28 is one of the two fertilizers with the highest increase in value. (DTN graphic by Scott R Kemper)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the second consecutive week, prices have been significantly higher, although prices have been trending higher much longer.

  • UAN28 was 8% higher the fourth week of January 2017 compared to a month earlier at $235 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Some fertilizers are showing significant price increases for the first time this winter.

  • The average price of DAP was slightly lower the first week of January 2017 compared to a month earlier at $431 per ton. DAP is now 13% less expensive than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to see mixed moves the first week of January 2017, with prices for five major fertilizers moving slightly lower and prices for three moving slightly higher.

  • Starter fertilizer recorded the steepest price adjustments in 2016, sliding 23% over the course of the year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizers notch double-digit discounts in 2016, continuing a two-year price slide.

  • Sales of tractors under 40-hp were a bright spot in a November report. But larger tractors and other equipment categories continued to slump. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Farm Equipment Sales Decline

    According to a recent Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) December newsletter, both domestic and global equipment sales continue to be down compared to a year earlier.