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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  • Dry conditions across the western half of Oklahoma, along with high winds and low humidity, have combined to make the region ripe for wildfires. Woodward County in northwest Oklahoma has had only 18% of normal rainfall from Oct. 1, 2017, through April 15, 2018. (Graphic courtesy of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey/Oklahoma Mesonet)

    Fire Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

    Two large, still-burning wildfires have already killed at least two people and burned thousands of acres of land and destroyed several homes and ranches in Oklahoma.

  • The enzyme in Enogen that helps to break down starch -- a positive in ethanol production -- can be a negative for the food industry making corn chips and tortillas. That makes preventing cross-contamination of the two crops critical. (DTN file photo by Emily Unglesbee)

    Grow Good Neighbors

    Farmers who grow specialty corn in the same general area need to communicate and plan with their neighbors growing different specialty corn to ensure these crops are preserved and premiums...

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 was $427 per ton the second week of April 2018. The starter fertilizer is currently 3% less expensive than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for seven of the eight major fertilizers were up the second week of April 2018, while the price of one fertilizer was down compared to the previous month.

  • Commercial grain companies have to obey OSHA rules and regulations, whereas private farms do not, according to Greg Rowe, vice president of grain operations at Perdue Agribusiness. Despite this, safety around stored grain is important in both situations. Training is key in keeping safe those who work around stored grain. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Grain Safety Training Saves Lives

    In a matter of seconds, people can be trapped, covered and suffocate from grain in a bin or from a pile.

  • Rye grows in one of Kerry and Angela Knuth's fields near Mead, Nebraska. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Grazing Rye

    Kerry and Angela Knuth partnered with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension to study the effects of grazing spring rye on subsequent crop yields on two of their fields. They're starting to see the benefits.

  • Zac Carlson, a student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shared the results of his research on alternative cow-calf production systems during a recent field day at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Growing the Cattle Business

    One of the premier programs the Beef Systems Initiative is focused on is an alternative cow-calf production system utilizing different types of forage.

  • Products both big and small were on display at the 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the most interesting smaller companies exhibiting at the show was EZ Crank, which products replacement cranks for trailers such as this one. (DTN file photo)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    While the big, shiny equipment often gets the most attention at the annual National Farm Machinery Show, the smaller products -- many of which were developed by farmers themselves -- can be...

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Conversations with kids about technology can lead parents to feel rather outdated.

  • With an extremely dry winter in much of the Southern Plains this year, the margin for error for forage production in 2018 will be fairly small if the dryness continues. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Southern Plains Forage Outlook

    As grass and alfalfa begin to green up and grow in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the forage outlook will hinge on how much rain falls in the historically wetter months of April and May.

  • Farmer Lyn Wessel of southern Minnesota utilizes a slightly altered heat houser on his 1998 John Deere 7405 open station tractor. He pushes snow with this tractor with the help a loader and blower as well as "$400 of Carhart and UnderArmour products and I'm good to -20 F." (Photo courtesy of Lyn Wessel)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Readers share their stories of heat housers.

  • Companies selling solar panels to generate electricity were present at this year's National Farm Machinery Show held in Louisville, Kentucky. The show ran Feb. 14-17. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Solar Panels at NFMS

    From the largest tractors and combines to the smallest hand tools and just about everything in-between were on display last week in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • While prices for most other fertilizers continued to move higher, potash had an average retail price of $344 per ton the first week of February 2018, down about 0.5% from the previous month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most average retailer fertilizer prices continued their upward trend the first week of February 2018. One area of the country that might see less fertilizer demand this spring due to a shift of acres away from corn to spring...

  • The three-month outlook of spring precipitation shows it is not favorable for the Southern Plains. (Graphic courtesy of NOAA)

    Drought Changes Fertility Plans

    Dry conditions are forcing Southern Plains producers to rethink their fertilizer application plans this spring.

  • Kinze Manufacturing introduced their new Mach Till high-speed disc, which expands the company's product line. The disc can be operated at 8 to 12 mph. One model (Mach Till 331) will be displayed at the 2018 National Farm Machinery in Louisville, Kentucky Feb. 14-18. (Photo courtesy Kinze Manufacturing)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    Kinze Manufacturing, the maker of the familiar blue planters and grain carts, is expanding its product line to include tillage equipment.

  • Feedlot cattle fed Enogen Feed hybrids saw their digestibility increase to around 65% to 70%, according to a UNL beef feedlot Extension specialist. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    From Fuel to Feed

    Enogen corn, which was introduced originally to aid in ethanol production, is now finding its way into cattle rations.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Heat housers were pleasant to have for fall and winter tractor chores, but cabs have made them nearly a thing of the past.