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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  • Drought-stressed corn also stresses farmers and ranchers whose herds still need to eat, regardless of weather conditions. Baling silage can do in a pinch. (DTN file photo by Dan Davidson)

    KS, MO Farmers Dealing with Drought

    A lack of rain in east-central Kansas and north-central Missouri, has led to crops withering in the field, leaving livestock with little to eat or drink.

  • On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.40/lb.N, anhydrous $0.31/lb.N, UAN28 $0.43/lb.N and UAN32 $0.44/lb.N. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Fertilizer prices moved slightly higher in the first week of July, bucking seasonal trends that suggest prices should fall now that application season is over.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Here are some of the accessories, big and small, that can be placed on vintage tractors.

  • While most retail fertilizer prices increased this week, anhydrous declined compared to the previous month with an average price of $503 per ton. It is 1% higher on the year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The average retail price of most fertilizers moved slightly higher this week, but the overarching question in fertilizer markets is how much nitrogen leached from the soil during the past few weeks' heavy rains.

  • Neligh-Oakdale Ag teacher and FFA advisor Kali Bohling discusses a subject with her class. The northeastern Nebraska school added FFA this past school year after more than a decade without it. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Comeback Kids

    In Nebraska, a small community finds new hope in the return of a FFA chapter.

  • Urea had an average retail price of $364 per ton the fourth week of May 2018, down about 1% from $368 per ton the fourth week of April 2018. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for five of the eight major fertilizers were lower the fourth week of May 2018 compared to last month, marking the first week since October 2017 that prices for a majority of fertilizers were down.

  • Limit-feeding is a management practice that limits forage needs to somewhere around 25% of normal amounts during a drought. This can help producers maintain core genetics in their cow herd rather than having to sell cattle to prevent overgrazing. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Keep Feed Costs in Check During Drought

    Usually, the best management practice for cattle producers during a drought is to limit the number of animals to avoid overgrazing. The limit-feeding method can help cattle producers keep feed costs in check and avoid having to...

  • Limit-feeding is a management practice that limits forage needs to somewhere around 25% of normal amounts during a drought. This can help producers maintain core genetics in their cow herd rather than having to sell cattle to prevent overgrazing. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Consider Drought Diet Change

    Usually, the best management practice for cattle producers during a drought is to limit the number of animals to avoid overgrazing. The limit-feeding method can help cattle producers keep feed costs in check and avoid having to...

  • Most of the major fertilizers are higher compared to last year, with potash climbing 4% higher.

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Four of the eight major fertilizers were once again higher in price compared to last month, although none were up a considerable amount.

  • The severe drought this year is drying up natural water sources for producers who graze their livestock, and it could cause quality concerns. This photo is from the 2012 drought in Texas. (Photo by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service)

    Drought Dwindling Water

    Drought in various areas across the Midwest is forcing livestock producers to find alternative sources of water as farm ponds and reservoirs dry out. If water does remain, there could be quality concerns associated with shallow...

  • Despite the higher retail prices seen since fall 2017, anhydrous continues to be the least expensive option of the four major nitrogen fertilizers. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices in the second week of May 2018 continue to be mostly higher, even though in the last few months, there have been signs that prices may be turning lower.

  • DAP had an average retail price of $483 per ton the first full week of May 2018, up just slightly from $482 the first full week of April 2018. DAP is now 11% higher in price than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for seven of the eight major fertilizers were once again higher than last month the first full week of May 2018, and five of the eight major fertilizers are now higher priced than a year ago.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Things have changed, a lot, over the past hundred years, but farming is still farming.

  • The average retail price of MAP the fourth week of April 2018 was $504 per ton, down from $506 per ton the fourth week of March 2018. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Three of the eight major fertilizers were lower in price compared to the previous month, according to retailers surveyed by DTN.

  • Urea is now 4% less expensive than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time in months, multiple fertilizers are lower in price compared to the month before.

  • The enzyme in Enogen that helps to break down starch -- a positive in ethanol production -- can be a negative for the food industry making corn chips and tortillas. That makes preventing cross-contamination of the two crops critical. (DTN file photo by Emily Unglesbee)

    Grow Good Neighbors

    Farmers who grow specialty corn in the same general area need to communicate and plan with their neighbors growing different specialty corn to ensure these crops are preserved and premiums can be realized.