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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  • UAN32 was 5% higher the first week of February 2019 compared to the previous month with an average price of $318 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were higher the first week of February 2019. This marks the fourth consecutive week prices for all eight of the major fertilizers have been higher.

  • The national average retail price of urea is fractionally higher this week. Prices jumped sharply last fall, but have leveled out since November. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN rose this week, although none increased by more than 5%, the level DTN considers significant.

  • North Dakota State University recommends all bulls have an annual breeding soundness exam in late March or early April. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Extreme Cold Poses Danger for Bulls

    When the weather turns frigid, livestock can be severely affected. Bulls are especially at risk, because freezing temperatures can damage their reproductive organs.

  • Anhydrous prices increased $16/ton in the last full week of January, bringing the average retail price to $584/ton. That's 19% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN moved higher the last full week of January, although none increased by more than 5%.

  • Retail MAP prices are 9% higher than they were at this time last year, posting an average price of $534/ton in the second week of January. It's the smallest percentage increase of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The trend of higher retail fertilizer prices continues, with all eight major fertilizers moving higher, although none increased by a significant percentage.

  • The single most useful tool to improve cattle comfort during extreme cold weather is bedding, according to South Dakota State Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Livestock Producers Prepare for Storms

    Cattle and hog producers across the central Midwest are taking some extra measures to protect their animals' health and performance in a winter storm that is forecast to move across the region late Friday and this weekend.

  • The single most useful tool to improve cattle comfort during extreme cold weather is bedding, according to South Dakota State Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Livestock Producers Prepare for Storm

    Cattle and hog producers across the central Midwest are taking some extra measures to protect their animals' health and performance in a winter storm that is forecast to move across the region late Friday and this weekend.

  • The hay market is seeing strong demand for forage, which is keeping prices high. Regionally, forage prices vary due to differences in supply and availability. (Photo courtesy of Kim Summers)

    Rainy Year Affects Forage Production

    High rainfall amounts in some areas have led to high demand for forage and limited supplies.

  • At $568/ton, the average retail price of anhydrous is 9% higher than last month and 21% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Nitrogen fertilizer prices continue to rise, with the average retail price of anhydrous increasing $49/ton over the past month, a 9% increase.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN's Russ Quinn recalls a memorable Christmas.

  • The average UAN28 retail price increased $16 per ton from last month, a 7% increase, coming in at $261/ton. UAN28 is now 20% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Nitrogen fertilizer prices jumped significantly from last month as farmers report much of their fall fieldwork was delayed due to a slow and wet harvest season.

  • The micronutrient market potential for copper, boron, manganese, iron and zinc could total 743,257 tons in straight removal. The critical deficiency could total 182,833 tons. (Chart courtesy of Dale Edgington, Advanced Micronutrient Products)

    Global Fertilizer Outlook - 5

    The popularity of micronutrients has risen and could be used at even higher rates in the future to help various crops.

  • 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 on potash producers with smaller...

  • 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 London said plant closures, Chinese...

  • 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.