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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  • New research reveals higher nitrogen levels are found in precipitation in Minnesota. The Midwest overall is seeing more rainfall. (DTN file photo)

    Nitrogen From Above

    New research from the University of Minnesota Extension shows more nutrients are falling in Minnesota's farm fields in the form of rain or snowfall than previously thought.

  • At $254/ton, the average retail price of UAN32 is the lowest it's been in two years. It's also 11% below the 5-year average price for early September, which is $287/ton. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    DAP, MAP and urea prices moved higher this week, while the average retail price of the remaining five fertilizers declined.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    I may write a column titled "Russ' Vintage Iron" but I certainly do not have all the answers. Heck, I don't even know all the questions.

  • To expand high-speed internet to all rural residents, one of the options is to have buried fiber optic cables. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Different Plans to Aid Rural Internet

    With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing more people to utilize the internet, expanding rural broadband to unserved areas is an important undertaking. Some want investments to be made in the form of fiber optic cable, while others would...

  • New technologies can help ranchers become even more efficient. Monitoring water sites with remote cameras, sensors or even drones is one such possibility. (DTN photo by Dan Crummett)

    Technology Can Play Role on Ranches

    While precision ag tools are often more related to crop farms, livestock producers can also benefit from newer technologies. Ranchers can become even more efficient with their existing resources by using these technologies.

  • Cereal rye as a cover crop sees some rain in a field in central Illinois. One of the advantages of utilizing cover crops is nutrients are recycled into the soil. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Cover Crops Locate Additional Soil N

    Cover crops have many obvious advantages, from improving soil health to feeding soil organisms. Less apparent benefits include trapping and recycling nutrients in the soil and allowing better use of fertilizer resources.

  • The average retail price of DAP increased $3 per ton this week to $407 per ton. That's about $80 per ton, or 18%, lower than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The retail prices of seven major fertilizers declined this week, and while the average price for DAP increased, it was by less than 1%.

  • The average retail price of UAN32 dropped $10/ton this week to $263/ton, the largest decline of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. UAN32 prices are 17% below where they were at this time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Six of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN had lower prices again this week, with UAN28 and UAN32 leading the way with $8/ton and $10/ton declines respectively.

  • Drought over nearly two-thirds of Kansas is pushing cow/calf producers there to alter their management practices. Managed correctly, early weaning of calves is one such practice. DTN photo by Jim Patrico

    Early Weaning Aids During Drought

    Drought in Kansas is limiting the amount of forage available to cow/calf producers and a management practice, which need to be considered in the early weaning of calves. Studies have shown in...

  • Beef cattle producers use corn silage for a source of forage. Drought-damaged corn often becomes silage, but poor-quality forage is going to produce poor-quality silage. (DTN file photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Dry Weather Affects Silage

    Silage provides a nutritious source of forage for beef producers, whether it be for a cow-calf operation or a feedlot. Silage is often utilized when drought limits other types of forage. Water-stressed silage will produce less yield...

  • Cattle graze behind an electric fence. Grazing research in South Dakota shows grazing perennial grasses can aid soil health. (DTN file photo)

    Grazing Research Goes Natural

    Grazing research done at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, South Dakota, shows incorporating perennial grasses into a crop rotation can have a positive effect on soil health. Also, adding cattle to land helps farmers...

  • Urea prices dropped $16/ton, or 4%, from the same time last month, with retailers reporting an average price of $357/ton. Urea is 17% less expensive than last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices declined for the fourth week in a row, and even though busy season has passed, the shutdown of a major waterway could complicate the supply picture next fall.

  • Cattle graze behind an electric fence. Grazing research in South Dakota shows grazing perennial grasses can aid soil health. (DTN file photo)

    SD Grazing Research Goes Natural

    Grazing research done at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, South Dakota, shows incorporating perennial grasses into a crop rotation can have a positive effect on soil health. Also, adding cattle to land helps farmers...

  • Anhydrous prices declined $15/ton, or about 3%, compared to the previous month, coming in at $463/ton. That's nearly $100/ton less than the five-year average. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices declined for the third consecutive week. Nitrogen prices led the way as farmers mostly completed sidedressing operations, according to retailers.

  • People attend the Farm Progress Show held in Decatur, Illinois, in 2011. The 2020 Farm Progress Show and the 2020 Husker Harvest Days Show have been canceled because of concerns about COVID-19. (DTN file photo)

    Farm Progress, HHD Shows Canceled

    Because of rising cases of COVID-19 in most of the United States, Farm Progress announced June 28 the 2020 Farm Progress Show is canceled after stating less than two weeks ago that the show would still happen. The 2020 Husker...

  • Cattle grazing can improve unproductive soils and increase soil health. (DTN file photo)

    Livestock Improve Soil Health

    Soil health is a popular phrase right now in agriculture and there are certain practices producers can use to improve the soils on their farms. Livestock that graze perennial forage plants can go far in helping soils become more...