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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  • Global sulfur consumption is set to increase slightly from 2018 to 2020. Sulfur consumption in 2018 was estimated at 64.7 million metric tons and is forecast to increase to 68 mmt by 2020. (Chart courtesy of Claira Lloyd, Argus Media Limited)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 4

    The global sulfur outlook is similar to the other nutrients' world forecasts, but there are some issues affecting the supply side, such as new global supply being slow to come onto the market.

  • The average retail price for anhydrous increased $7/ton from last month, coming in at $524. It's 24% more expensive than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for five of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN increased last week, although none increased by a significant amount.

  • U.S. demand for potash in 2017 increased to record levels and 2018 has been on course for a repeat. What is driving potash demand in the U.S. is increased corn and soybean applications of the nutrient. (Chart courtesy of Humphrey Knight, CRU International Ltd.)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 3

    Despite a global potash price at its highest level in three years, the outlook for the market is for more capacity than new demand. A fertilizer analyst believes this situation will put pressure...

  • Global phosphate shipments have increased from around 61 million metric tons in 2010 to an estimated 70 mmt in 2018. (Chart courtesy of Michael Rahm, The Mosaic Company)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 2

    The global phosphorus fertilizer market appears well balanced heading into 2019, but some supply issues could alter this positive forecast. Environmental regulations in China curtailing phosphorus production there could have a huge...

  • Global urea fertilizer demand grew about 3.7% each year from 2003 to 2013. Demand growth is forecast to slow down to about 1.5% each year from 2014 to 2023. (Chart courtesy of Alistair Wallace, Integer Research Ltd.)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 1

    The global nitrogen fertilizer market could be in a deficit in the next two to three years until more capacity can come on the market. A fertilizer analyst for Integer Research Ltd. based in...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $519 per ton the second week of November 2018, 5% higher compared to last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All retail fertilizer prices except 10-34-0 moved higher the second week of November 2018. Leading the way higher was the price of anhydrous, which was up 5% from last month.

  • Anhydrous prices increased 6%, or $29/ton, from last month, with retail prices averaging $517/ton. Prices are 27% higher than last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All of the major fertilizers are higher compared to last year, with prices showing significant gains in recent months, but anhydrous had the biggest increase at 6% from the previous week and 27% higher than last year.

  • 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 nitrogen.

  • 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 declining fertilizer expenses for farmers.

  • 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...

  • 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.