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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  • Sulfur demand is forecast to see a considerable rise over the next five years. Demand could push to around 71 million metric tons by 2022. (Graphic courtesy of Peter Harrisson, CRU)

    World Fertilizer - 4

    Global sulfur prices have increased in the second half of 2017, clouding the outlook somewhat for the nutrient. The medium-term outlook for the extremely volatile market, however, calls for a recovery in supply aided by slowing...

  • The average retail price of potash during the first week of December 2017 was $343, up about 0.5% from $341 the first week of November 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for most fertilizers continued to move higher, while the price for two fertilizers moved lower during the first week of December 2017.

  • Global potash shipments are forecasted to increase out to the year 2022. Shipments look to increase about 3% per year from 2016 to 2022. (Graphic courtesy Josh Paula, Mosaic)

    World Fertilizer - 3

    Similar to the outlook for phosphorus, the global potash forecast looks to be well-balanced in the coming years. Prices have been slightly higher since mid-2016, but well-below previous price spikes, and projections show little chance...

  • The medium-term outlook for global phosphate fertilizer demand is for more growth to continue. (Graphic courtesy of Juan von Gernet, PhosAgro)

    World Fertilizer - 2

    The global phosphorus (P) outlook appears to be well-balanced in the coming years. The world P demand is on the rise with certain countries set to use more nutrients while other regions of the world are seeing P production and...

  • U.S. urea exports skyrocketed during 2017 compared to 2016. This situation occurred due to new nitrogen supplies coming online during this time. (Graphic courtesy Luke Hutson, Fertecon)

    World Fertilizer - 1

    One of the reasons why global nitrogen prices rose in recent months is because China exported less urea in 2017.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $417 per ton the last week of November 2017, up about 4% from $401 the last week of October 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for most fertilizers were higher, while prices for a couple fertilizers continued to buck the trend and push lower the last week of November 2017 compared to last month.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Darwin Noble of Austin, Minnesota, came across a 1026 Gold Demo on Craiglist completely by accident, and it was truly a barn find.

  • Raw materials and manufacturing in the fertilizer industry contribute 23,000 jobs directly with 700 manufacturing sites in the U.S. Terminals and wholesale kick in 15,000 jobs and 3,000 facilities in the country, according to a study on shared by The Fertilizer Institute. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    State of Fertilizer Industry

    Study shows financial impact of fertilizer industry equals billions of dollars to nation's economy, as well as 495,000 jobs.

  • 10-34-0 had an average price of $355 per ton the second week of November 2017. That was down 13% from a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices were a mixed bag the second week of November 2017 with the majority moving higher and a couple moving lower.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    The emblem on Case equipment was, for a time, a mascot of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Civil War.

  • The average retail price of urea was $325 per ton the second week of October 2017, up 5% from a month ago. The price of urea is now 3% higher than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Half of average retail fertilizer prices were higher and half were lower the second week of October 2017 compared to one month earlier.

  • Weaning time is stressful for calves as well as the producers. Proper steps can help reduce illness and limit costs. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Weaning Tips

    Here are several different approaches producers can use to reduce sickness and make the entire weaning process less stressful.

  • Of the 385 total respondents to a DTN 360 Poll question posted from Sept. 14 to Oct. 10, the majority said they had no plans to pre-order fertilizer for fall applications. (DTN chart by Scott R Kemper)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The majority of respondents to a DTN 360 Poll said they didn't plan to pre-order fertilizer for fall applications.

  • The aftermath of last spring's fires in Kansas and other Plains states is still evident. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    KDA Wildfire Initiative Introduced

    Thousands of Plains acres were burned in several wildfires earlier this year. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will work to help state producers recover from the fires.

  • Retail anhydrous prices tracked by DTN are at the lowest levels since the second week of Aug. 2010. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the fourth week of September continued to fall, with a couple of exceptions. The last time anhydrous was under $400 per ton was seven years ago.

  • Liquid tanks can change the center of gravity on ATVs and UTVS. Make sure you make adjustments. DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo.

    ATV Safety

    One of the most popular pieces of equipment on farms and ranches today are All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicle (UTV). These versatile machines are at home on most any type of farm/ranch as well non-farm situations.

  • Potash had an average price of $345 per ton the third week of September 2017, up about 2% from $338 per ton the third week of August 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most average retail fertilizer prices continued to fall the third week of September 2017. But, for the time in several months, multiple fertilizers were slightly higher in price.

  • Urea had an average price of $310 per ton the second week of September 2017, up $5 from $205 the second week of August 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all but one fertilizer continued to move slightly lower the second week of September 2017. The average price of urea was slightly higher compared to the previous month.

  • MU Extension agronomist Rusty Lee shows a modified conservation ripper used to bury drip tape for irrigating corn and soybean fields. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Linda Geist)

    Drip Irrigation Increases Crop Yields

    Over the years, irrigation of crops has continued to evolve. Flood irrigation, also called surface or furrow irrigation, was likely the first form of irrigation used by humans as they began growing crops.

  • MU Extension agronomist Rusty Lee shows a modified conservation ripper used to bury drip tape for irrigating corn and soybean fields. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Linda Geist)

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    MU Research Shows Subsurface Drip Irrigation Increases Crop Yields