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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  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN's Russ Quinn takes a tour through a vintage milking house.

  • The average retail price of urea fertilizer for the second week of October was $393/ton, up $13/ton from the same week last year. Urea prices are 21% higher than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    As retail fertilizer prices continue to steadily march higher, fewer farmers say they plan to pre-price their fall fertilizer needs.

  • The economics of grazing winter wheat looks to be positive as producers buy calves and prepare to turn then out to graze. (Photo by Todd Johnson, OSU Agricultural Communications Services)

    Wheat Grazing Considerations

    Plentiful moisture in the Southern Plains so far this fall has improved the prospects for winter wheat grazing. However, there are a few things producers should consider before turning their cattle loose on wheat fields.

  • Since spring, the spread between the cost per pound of nitrogen for urea (red line) and anhydrous (green line) has widened, leading some experts to suggest to may be more cost efficient to use more anhydrous this year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continue their slow march higher, with urea prices increasing 6% from last month, which widened the spread between anhydrous prices when it comes to per-pound costs of...

  • Some of the issues keeping cattlemen from feeding soybeans is the ability to store beans and the logistics of feeding it as a feed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Tariff Realities - 6

    An important consideration with feeding soybeans is the protein the feed contains and how it is utilized by the animal.

  • Urea prices gained 6% compared to the same week last month, averaging $385/ton. The fertilizer is 20% more expensive than the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continue to trend higher the fourth week of September 2018. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey said the price trend could end a five-year streak of...

  • When farmers move their soybeans from fields into storage this fall, they will need to pay close attention to temperature, humidity and a variety of other factors to keep soybeans in condition in the bins. (DTN file photo)

    Tariff Realities - 2

    More farmers plan to put soybeans in bins this fall amid a record harvest and ongoing trade dispute with China, the world's largest soybean buyer. While some practices apply to storing all grains correctly, there are certain...

  • As soybean harvest gets into full swing, farmers may need to consider storing more beans because of low prices this fall. (DTN file photo)

    Storing Soybeans

    A higher percentage of farmers may be more familiar with corn in on-farm storage compared to soybeans. While some practices apply to storing all grains correctly, there are certain differences that could present a learning curve...

  • Urea prices increased 5% from last month, jumping $17 per ton. Compared to this time last year, urea prices have gained the most of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. The average retail price is 23% higher than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The average retail price of all eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN moved higher this week, with urea prices jumping significantly.

  • The average retail price of urea was $366/ton, up $3/ton from last month. According to data tracked by DTN, urea is 21% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    After turning lower last week, most fertilizer prices reversed course, although the price increases were minor.

  • A new pest called soybean gall midge is causing losses in parts of Iowa and Nebraska this year. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Martin)

    New Soybean Pest Persists

    It might be tiny, but soybean gall midge is causing some mighty big problems in some regions of the country.

  • While anhydrous prices are $18 per ton less expensive than last month, they're still $63/ton higher than the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail prices for five of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN declined compared to the previous month, but most are still higher than last year.

  • Prices for anhydrous in the third week of August declined $20/ton compared to the same time last month, the largest price move of the eight fertilizers tracked by DTN. The average price is now $481/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The retail price of four major fertilizers moved higher compared to last week, while four fertilizer prices moved lower. Overall price movements continue to be muted.

  • The retail price of anhydrous declined $22 to $481 per ton in the second week of August compared to the month prior. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The price of four major retail fertilizers declined in the second week of August, bucking the trend of steady-to-higher prices that's been in place for several months.

  • (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Complexities Affect Grazing, Wildlife

    When it comes to balancing proper grazing management and preserving wildlife, there is no one size that fits all.

  • During a panel discussion at the 2018 Nebraska Grazing Conference held in Kearney, Nebraska, this week, ranchers who graze multiple species discuss their experiences with conference attendees. From left to right are Mike Wallace, Sage Askin and Brock Terrell. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Multi-Species Grazing Touted

    Ranchers willing to graze multiple species of livestock -- usually cattle and sheep and or goats -- can see a financial advantage as well as improved range and pasture conditions. However, the grazing system requires more...

  • This tractor started John Deere in tractor manufacturing: the infamous Waterloo Boy. (Progressive Farmer image by Frank Holdmeyer)

    A Century of Building Tractors

    John Deere marks milestone of acquisition that produced the Waterloo Boy.

  • The average retail price of urea increased $2 per ton over the past month, but it is $57/ton higher than the same week last year, up 19%. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices continue their slow and steady march higher as retailers begin to release prices for fall applications.