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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  • At $417 per ton in the second week of April 2024, the average retail price of UAN32 was 5% higher than it was last month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the third straight week prices for all fertilizers were up. However, only one fertilizer, UAN32, was significantly more expensive.

  • The average retail price of UAN28 was 5% higher than a month ago in the first week of April 2024, with an average retail price of $362 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices for all eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the second consecutive week all fertilizers were more expensive. One fertilizer, UAN28, was significantly more expensive than a month ago.

  • The types and amounts of nutrients available to cattle grazing high-yielding corn stalks might be changing, according to research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Are Corn Residues Changing?

    In the Corn Belt, crop residues are an important source of feed for grazing livestock. New data from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln show residue from high-yielding corn is changing, slightly. The corn residue has less biomass...

  • Urea was 8% more expensive compared to last month with an average price of $576/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All eight major fertilizers are higher compared to last month. This marks the second time recently this has happened. Two fertilizers (urea, UAN28) were significantly more expensive looking back a month ago.

  • UAN28 was one of two fertilizers posting significantly higher prices this week. UAN28 prices were 6% higher. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices are mostly higher with seven of the eight major fertilizers now more expensive compared to last month. Two fertilizers -- urea and UAN28 -- were significantly more expensive compared to a month ago.

  • The average retail price of urea was up 7% from last month in the second week of March 2024 with an average price of $566 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight major fertilizers were higher than last month in the second week of March 2024. One fertilizer was significantly more expensive: Urea was up 7% from last month with an average price of $566 per...

  • The average retail price of Urea was $564 per ton during the first week of March, up 7% per ton from the previous month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices are mostly higher with seven of the eight major fertilizers now more expensive compared to last month. One fertilizer was significantly more expensive looking back a month. Urea was 7% higher compared to...

  • A mild winter and early spring might allow farmers to have more flexibility when it comes to fertilizer application. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    Warm Winter Pushes Fertilizer Choices

    With mild weather across much of the Corn Belt this winter, farmers are considering their fertilizer options this spring with more time for fieldwork. Drier field conditions could lead to less fertilizer loss. Extension specialists want...

  • Heifers can mature at different times. Cow-calf producers should complete a pre-breeding heifer evaluation. (DTN file photo by Becky Mills)

    Evaluate Heifers Before Breeding

    Heifers reach maturity at different times, much like people do. Cow-calf producers should complete a pre-breeding heifer evaluation, according to extension specialists. This can help determine which heifers to breed early in the...

  • The average retail price of anhydrous in the week of Feb. 19-23 was $764, $6 per ton lower than during the week of Jan. 22-26. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices were mostly higher for the second week in a row with prices for six of the eight major fertilizers now up from a month ago and prices for the remaining two fertilizers down slightly. For the fifth...

  • Government safety agencies issued a safety advisory about anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks manufactured by American Welding and Tank of Fremont, Ohio. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    FMCSA: Nurse Tank Safety Advisory

    Two federal safety agencies issued a safety advisory recently stating anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks manufactured by American Welding and Tank (AWT) of Fremont, Ohio, have the possibility of catastrophic failure. The advisory...

  • More people in 2022 were hurt or killed in grain bin incidents than in 2021, according to Purdue University Extension. (DTN file photo)

    Observe Proper Bin Safety Practices

    More farmers and farmworkers continue to be injured or killed in grain bins, according to the 2022 Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities report by Purdue University Extension. Basic safety...

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 was $610 per ton in the third week of February 2024, up $9 per ton from the third week of January 2024. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most average retail fertilizer prices rose in the third week of February 2024, with prices for five of the eight major fertilizers higher than last month and prices for the remaining three fertilizers lower. For the fourth week in...

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 fertilizer was slightly higher than last month in the first week of February 2024 at $610 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices were mostly lower in the first week of February 2024. For the sixth straight week, prices for six of the eight major fertilizers were lower and prices for the other two were slightly higher than...

  • DAP retail prices were slightly higher in the fourth week of January 2024 compared to one month ago with an average price of $734/ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices were mostly lower for the fourth week of January 2024. No fertilizer price this week was considered up or down a significant amount.

  • Drought conditions and less planted forage have caused hay prices to rise in some locations this winter. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    Regions See Unique Hay Prices, Supplies

    Drought conditions and the amount of available forages have a large effect on hay prices in a region. Many Midwest locations saw drought, some for the second year in a row, and this situation has limited hay supplies and caused...

  • Only one fertilizer had a significant price change compared to last month. Anhydrous fertilizer was down 5% compared to last month and had an average price of $770 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices are mostly lower with six of the eight major fertilizers less expensive in price while the other two are slightly higher compared to last month. Anhydrous was the only fertilizer with a significant change at...

  • Cow-calf producers need to manage cow body conditions properly as they can affect profits. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Knowing Cattle Body Condition Important

    Cow-calf producers need to keep their cows in proper body condition because this ultimately affects profitability. Body condition affects calving interval, conception rate and percentage of open cows.