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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  • Urea prices increased $14 from last month to $418/ton. The nitrogen fertilizer is 14% more expensive than it was at the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Half of the retail fertilizer prices tracked by DTN moved lower this week, while the other half turned higher.

  • Handling and transporting anhydrous ammonia in a professional manner is important to assuring nitrogen is properly applied in a safe manner, according to Mark Hanna, retired Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. (DTN file photo)

    Avoid NH3 Mishaps

    Following all safety procedures and utilizing personal protective equipment when handling anhydrous ammonia can prevent mishaps.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Stories of heat housers evoke fond memories for those who lived and worked with them.

  • DAP had an average price of $497 per ton the fourth week of April 2019, the first time since the fourth week of October 2018 that DAP has fallen below the $500-per-ton level. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time in several weeks, average retail prices for the majority of fertilizers were slightly lower compared to last month.

  • Stress in agriculture can be caused by several different sources, such as when historic flooding left some farmers unable to get to their cattle to feed them. In this case, a Nebraska farmer sat patiently waiting for a National Nebraska Guard helicopter to deliver donated hay to his cattle. (Nebraska National Guard photo by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

    Dealing with Stress

    Continuous stress can affect people physically and mentally, but there are things you can do to cope with stress.

  • The retail price of anhydrous is 17% higher compared to last year, but its price is a bit lower than last month. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Half of the eight major fertilizers' prices were higher, compared to last month. Farmers are reporting there have been some issues with supply as many people are attempting to apply anhydrous.

  • The retail price of anhydrous is 17% higher compared to last year, but its price is a bit lower than last month. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Half of the eight major fertilizers' prices were higher, compared to last month. Farmers are reporting there have been some issues with supply as many people are attempting to apply anhydrous.

  • Despite some supply issues in parts of the Corn Belt, the average retail price of anhydrous was down $4 to $592 the second week of April 2019 from $596 the second week of March. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Though fertilizer applications have begun to ramp up in some areas of the Corn Belt, average retail prices saw only small moves in either direction the second week of April 2019.

  • USDA announced Farm Service Agency offices in the Iowa counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury beginning Monday are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address the widespread damages from the most recent Missouri River flooding. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Emergency Aid Available

    Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Monday he has directed USDA to aid farmers in five western Iowa counties hit especially hard by flooding last month.

  • Flooding rerouted traffic in many places near Omaha due to historic weather in the area. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    The recent bomb cyclone complicated life in Nebraska and nearby states, and the effects will likely be felt for months and years.

  • A pile of sand sits in a flooded field just east of the Elkhorn River near Scribner, Nebraska. Producers with flooded fields now face the daunting task of removing the large amount of sand deposited on their fields. DTN photo by Russ Quinn.

    Forages Needed After Floods

    With pastures now buried under feet of sand along flooded rivers and fences completely destroyed, it will be a long-term project to restore these areas to productivity.

  • Trees and sand litter a washed-out rural road and farm fields near the Elkhorn River Bridge just east of Scribner, Nebraska. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides cost-share to producers who have severe damage to farmland and pastures. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    FSA Programs Available to Nebraska Farm

    While USDA FSA cost-share programs are available for Nebraska farmers affected by recent severe flooding, there are several rules involved that producers must follow. Here's why you should talk to your local FSA office before...

  • Screenshot of video taken by Nebraska State Patrol by helicopter over the Fremont, Nebraska, area on March 15 showing the flooding from the Platte River. According to the patrol, each of the little islands had dozens of cattle on it, stranded with no place to go. (Nebraska State Patrol video)

    Flood Impact on Cattle

    Despite trying to prepare for challenging weather conditions, cow-calf producers still lost cattle to blizzards and floods, and expect to see lasting impacts on their calves.

  • Trees and sand litter a washed-out rural road and farm fields near the Elkhorn River Bridge just east of Scribner, Nebraska. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides cost-share to producers who have severe damage to farmland and pastures. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    FSA Programs in Nebraska

    While USDA FSA cost-share programs are available for Nebraska farmers affected by recent severe flooding, there are several rules involved that producers must follow. Here's why you should talk to your local FSA office before...

  • A recent Ag Economic Insights newsletter touted urea as a more economic source of nitrogen. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    DTN data show most retail fertilizer prices are lower for the fourth week of March.

  • DAP had an average retail price of $509 per ton the third week of March 2019, down $3 from $512 per ton the third week of February 2019. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for half of the major fertilizers tracked by DTN were slightly lower the third week of March 2019, while prices for the other half were slightly lower.

  • One major problem after the floodwaters are gone is microbial growth on surfaces in buildings. This can lead to various human issues, including general discomfort, irritated mucous membranes and irritation to the nervous system. People should wear personal protective equipment when cleaning up. (Photo courtesy of Nebraska governor's office)

    Flood Cleanup Requires Care

    When recovering from floods, people need to protect themselves physically, emotionally and mentally even long after the water recedes.

  • Potash has a price higher than last month, with an average price of $386/ton, and is one of three fertilizers that have moved higher. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Five of the eight major fertilizers' prices during the second week of March were lower compared to last month. Once again, the moves lower were fairly minor.

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Anhydrous prices were slightly higher than last month at retailers DTN tracks. However a fertilizer price prediction model out of Kansas State University foresees a drop to $557/ton by November. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for five of the fertilizers DTN tracks were slightly lower than last month, while two were slightly higher.

  • Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower at the end of February. The price of urea dropped the most, from $407 per ton the fourth week of January to $404 the fourth week of February. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time in several months, average retail fertilizer prices appear to be softening. Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower the fourth week of February 2019.

  • Soil moisture levels are extremely high in the eastern half of the U.S. This is not good news for farmers and fertilizer retailers who face a busy spring of fertilizer application. (Graphic courtesy of NOAA)

    Farmers Face Full Spring Agenda

    An extremely wet fall delayed harvest, giving farmers in most Corn Belt locations little time to apply fertilizer last fall before winter arrived. Farmers and fertilizer retailers now face a busy spring application season, which could...

  • The average retail price of urea was $405 per ton the second week of February 2019, down slightly from $407 per ton a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for six of the eight major fertilizers were slightly higher the second week of February 2019, ending a four-week streak of prices for all fertilizers moving higher.

  • FFA students in Arlington, Nebraska, participated in a National FFA Week event to drive tractors to school on Feb. 19. Shown here is Kyle Quinn on his great grandfather's 620. FFA members who also drove tractors to school that day were Cassidy Arp, Blake Kracl and Kobe Wilkins. (Photo courtesy of Jill Hensley, Arlington agriculture education/FFA adviser)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Russ Quinn shares how his son wanted to drive a special tractor in a National FFA Week event that encouraged FFA members to drive their tractors to school.