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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  • Cattle graze ahead of the early winter storm forecast to cross the High Plains this weekend. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)

    Late-Fall Storm Could Stress Cattle

    An early winter storm is set to cross the High Plains during the upcoming weekend. The storm will see low temperatures into the single digits, rain and snow. The storm will stop harvest and...

  • This year, some cattle producers in eastern Nebraska ended up feeding their cattle hay earlier than normal because drought had affected hay production and grazing. (DTN file photo by Russ Quinn)

    Three Tips for Buying Hay

    Beef producers need good-quality hay to boost profits but hay production is not always of the greatest quality. Here are three things to consider when you're buying hay.

  • The average retail price for MAP fertilizer increased $17 per ton, or 4%, to $459 per ton compared to the same time last month. It's now only $15 per ton less expensive than it was at this time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    While none of the eight retail fertilizer prices moved more than 5%, MAP showed the largest gains at $17 per ton while anhydrous had the largest decline, at $12 per ton.

  • Traditional farm input supply chain retailers could see big changes in how they operate in the future, according to Rabobank analysts. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Rabobank: Farm Input Chain Changing

    The traditional farm input supply chain will be different in the future, according to Rabobank analysts. The new model will put farmers more in the middle where products are bought and sold but data is shared back and forth. This...

  • 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.

  • A truck load of anhydrous ammonia at a terminal fertilizer location. The U.S. fertilizer industry contributes billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the nation's economy, according to a new study. (DTN Photo by Russ Quinn)

    Fert Industry Has Impact on US Economy

    A new study commissioned by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) shows the fertilizer industry in 2019 contributed much to the nation's economy, both in terms of dollars and jobs. In addition, the industry had paid billions in both federal...

  • National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 20-26, 2020. (Logo courtesy of National Education Center for Agricultural Safety)

    Take Care With Tractors, Machinery

    With this week being National Farm Safety and Health Week, farmers are reminded to obey safety procedures when operating machinery this fall. Tractor rollovers, PTO entanglements and falls are all hazards people face as they work...

  • The average retail price of MAP was $448 per ton the third week of September 2020, up $14 per ton, or about 3%, from $434 the third week of August 2020. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer price moves continued to be mixed the third week of September 2020 with prices for five of the eight major fertilizer falling and prices for the remaining three rising.

  • 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%.