Russ Quinn

DTN Staff Reporter
Russ Quinn
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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  • Storing grain on the farm can be financially beneficial, but requires safety precautions. (DTN file photo by Katie Micik)

    Managing Stored Grain Important

    With more grain bins on farms and more farmers holding onto grain longer, it is important for farmers to understand the different concepts of grain storage.

  • Storing grain on the farm can be financially beneficial, but requires safety precautions. (DTN file photo by Katie Micik)

    Managing Stored Grain Important

    With more grain bins on farms and more farmers holding onto grain longer, it is important for farmers to understand the different concepts of grain storage.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $461 per ton the third week of December 2017, up 12% from a month earlier. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all but UAN32 continued to move higher the third week of December 2017. The biggest price increase was for anhydrous, which is 12% more expensive compared to last month.

  • Old Abe, Case Farm Equipment's mascot for many decades, can still found on newer Case IH farm equipment. This is the steering wheel of a 1993 Case IH 1644 combine. (Photo courtesy of Howard Myers)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    A reader shares a story about Case and Case IH farm equipment and Russ remembers his family's Christmas star.

  • Anhydrous prices have continued to rise in recent weeks. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    N Prices on the Rise

    Experts say several different factors have come together to push nitrogen prices higher heading into 2018. However, good news for farmers may be coming in the future.

  • A few maintenance steps now can prolong equipment life and make spring an easier time. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Dodge.)

    Winterize Your Farm Equipment

    To have equipment ready to go next spring and to protect their equipment investment, farmers should winterize their equipment.

  • The National Corn Growers Association on Monday announced the winners of its 2017 National Corn Yield Contest. (Logos courtesy of the National Corn Growers Association)

    NCGA Announces Yield Contest Winners

    The National Corn Growers Association on Monday announced the winners of its 2017 National Corn Yield Contest. David Hula of Charles City, Virginia, repeated as yield champion in the no-till/strip-till irrigated category with a...

  • Silicon is abundant in most soils, although plants can only utilize one form of the nutrient. In addition, only specific silicon transporters found in the roots of plants can move the nutrient. (Graphic courtesy of Tania Raugewitz, Harsco Metals and Minerals)

    World Fertilizer - 6

    Silicon as a fertilizer may not be common in many regions, but it is an important nutrient that can improve yields, strengthen plants and improve the soil, especially in crops under stress. Silicon, while common in the soil in the form...

  • Sulfur demand is forecast to see a considerable rise over the next five years. Demand could push to around 71 million metric tons by 2022. (Graphic courtesy of Peter Harrisson, CRU)

    World Fertilizer - 4

    Global sulfur prices have increased in the second half of 2017, clouding the outlook somewhat for the nutrient. The medium-term outlook for the extremely volatile market, however, calls for a recovery in supply aided by slowing...

  • The average retail price of potash during the first week of December 2017 was $343, up about 0.5% from $341 the first week of November 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for most fertilizers continued to move higher, while the price for two fertilizers moved lower during the first week of December 2017.

  • Global potash shipments are forecasted to increase out to the year 2022. Shipments look to increase about 3% per year from 2016 to 2022. (Graphic courtesy Josh Paula, Mosaic)

    World Fertilizer - 3

    Similar to the outlook for phosphorus, the global potash forecast looks to be well-balanced in the coming years. Prices have been slightly higher since mid-2016, but well-below previous price spikes, and projections show little chance...

  • The medium-term outlook for global phosphate fertilizer demand is for more growth to continue. (Graphic courtesy of Juan von Gernet, PhosAgro)

    World Fertilizer - 2

    The global phosphorus (P) outlook appears to be well-balanced in the coming years. The world P demand is on the rise with certain countries set to use more nutrients while other regions of the world are seeing P production and...

  • U.S. urea exports skyrocketed during 2017 compared to 2016. This situation occurred due to new nitrogen supplies coming online during this time. (Graphic courtesy Luke Hutson, Fertecon)

    World Fertilizer - 1

    One of the reasons why global nitrogen prices rose in recent months is because China exported less urea in 2017.

  • The average retail price of anhydrous was $417 per ton the last week of November 2017, up about 4% from $401 the last week of October 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for most fertilizers were higher, while prices for a couple fertilizers continued to buck the trend and push lower the last week of November 2017 compared to last month.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    Darwin Noble of Austin, Minnesota, came across a 1026 Gold Demo on Craiglist completely by accident, and it was truly a barn find.

  • Raw materials and manufacturing in the fertilizer industry contribute 23,000 jobs directly with 700 manufacturing sites in the U.S. Terminals and wholesale kick in 15,000 jobs and 3,000 facilities in the country, according to a study on shared by The Fertilizer Institute. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    State of Fertilizer Industry

    Study shows financial impact of fertilizer industry equals billions of dollars to nation's economy, as well as 495,000 jobs.

  • 10-34-0 had an average price of $355 per ton the second week of November 2017. That was down 13% from a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices were a mixed bag the second week of November 2017 with the majority moving higher and a couple moving lower.

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    The emblem on Case equipment was, for a time, a mascot of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a unit of the Civil War.