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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  • 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.

  • Dry conditions across the western half of Oklahoma, along with high winds and low humidity, have combined to make the region ripe for wildfires. Woodward County in northwest Oklahoma has had only 18% of normal rainfall from Oct. 1, 2017, through April 15, 2018. (Graphic courtesy of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey/Oklahoma Mesonet)

    Fire Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

    Two large, still-burning wildfires have already killed at least two people and burned thousands of acres of land and destroyed several homes and ranches in Oklahoma.

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 was $427 per ton the second week of April 2018. The starter fertilizer is currently 3% less expensive than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for seven of the eight major fertilizers were up the second week of April 2018, while the price of one fertilizer was down compared to the previous month.

  • Commercial grain companies have to obey OSHA rules and regulations, whereas private farms do not, according to Greg Rowe, vice president of grain operations at Perdue Agribusiness. Despite this, safety around stored grain is important in both situations. Training is key in keeping safe those who work around stored grain. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Grain Safety Training Saves Lives

    In a matter of seconds, people can be trapped, covered and suffocate from grain in a bin or from a pile.

  • Rye grows in one of Kerry and Angela Knuth's fields near Mead, Nebraska. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Grazing Rye

    Kerry and Angela Knuth partnered with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension to study the effects of grazing spring rye on subsequent crop yields on two of their fields. They're starting to see the benefits.

  • Zac Carlson, a student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shared the results of his research on alternative cow-calf production systems during a recent field day at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Growing the Cattle Business

    One of the premier programs the Beef Systems Initiative is focused on is an alternative cow-calf production system utilizing different types of forage.

  • Products both big and small were on display at the 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the most interesting smaller companies exhibiting at the show was EZ Crank, which products replacement cranks for trailers such as this one. (DTN file photo)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    While the big, shiny equipment often gets the most attention at the annual National Farm Machinery Show, the smaller products -- many of which were developed by farmers themselves -- can be just as innovative -- and useful.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Conversations with kids about technology can lead parents to feel rather outdated.

  • With an extremely dry winter in much of the Southern Plains this year, the margin for error for forage production in 2018 will be fairly small if the dryness continues. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Southern Plains Forage Outlook

    As grass and alfalfa begin to green up and grow in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the forage outlook will hinge on how much rain falls in the historically wetter months of April and May.

  • Farmer Lyn Wessel of southern Minnesota utilizes a slightly altered heat houser on his 1998 John Deere 7405 open station tractor. He pushes snow with this tractor with the help a loader and blower as well as "$400 of Carhart and UnderArmour products and I'm good to -20 F." (Photo courtesy of Lyn Wessel)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Readers share their stories of heat housers.

  • Companies selling solar panels to generate electricity were present at this year's National Farm Machinery Show held in Louisville, Kentucky. The show ran Feb. 14-17. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Solar Panels at NFMS

    From the largest tractors and combines to the smallest hand tools and just about everything in-between were on display last week in Louisville, Kentucky.