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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  • Potash has a price higher than last month, with an average price of $386/ton, and is one of three fertilizers that have moved higher. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Five of the eight major fertilizers' prices during the second week of March were lower compared to last month. Once again, the moves lower were fairly minor.

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Wintry weather with lower temperatures during calving season, combined with less-than-ideal weather during the previous months, has put a damper on what is normally an exciting season for cattle producers. (Progressive Farmer file photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Cold Start to Calving

    Cattlemen across much of the Midwest and Northern Plains have been facing difficult weather conditions so far during this traditional calving month of March. Cattle with poorer body conditions, in particular, are having issues...

  • Anhydrous prices were slightly higher than last month at retailers DTN tracks. However a fertilizer price prediction model out of Kansas State University foresees a drop to $557/ton by November. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for five of the fertilizers DTN tracks were slightly lower than last month, while two were slightly higher.

  • Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower at the end of February. The price of urea dropped the most, from $407 per ton the fourth week of January to $404 the fourth week of February. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the first time in several months, average retail fertilizer prices appear to be softening. Prices for four of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower the fourth week of February 2019.

  • Soil moisture levels are extremely high in the eastern half of the U.S. This is not good news for farmers and fertilizer retailers who face a busy spring of fertilizer application. (Graphic courtesy of NOAA)

    Farmers Face Full Spring Agenda

    An extremely wet fall delayed harvest, giving farmers in most Corn Belt locations little time to apply fertilizer last fall before winter arrived. Farmers and fertilizer retailers now face a busy spring application season, which could...

  • The average retail price of urea was $405 per ton the second week of February 2019, down slightly from $407 per ton a month ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for six of the eight major fertilizers were slightly higher the second week of February 2019, ending a four-week streak of prices for all fertilizers moving higher.

  • FFA students in Arlington, Nebraska, participated in a National FFA Week event to drive tractors to school on Feb. 19. Shown here is Kyle Quinn on his great grandfather's 620. FFA members who also drove tractors to school that day were Cassidy Arp, Blake Kracl and Kobe Wilkins. (Photo courtesy of Jill Hensley, Arlington agriculture education/FFA adviser)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Russ Quinn shares how his son wanted to drive a special tractor in a National FFA Week event that encouraged FFA members to drive their tractors to school.

  • Having different sources of S that are both elemental and sulfate will allow plants access to the nutrient all growing season. (DTN file photo)

    Sulfur Fertilizers: One Vital Nutrient

    Crops need the proper amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to produce healthy plants and top yields. Nearly as important is sulfur. Plants not only need sulfur but also require it in the right form for plant availability.

  • UAN32 was 5% higher the first week of February 2019 compared to the previous month with an average price of $318 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were higher the first week of February 2019. This marks the fourth consecutive week prices for all eight of the major fertilizers have been higher.

  • The national average retail price of urea is fractionally higher this week. Prices jumped sharply last fall, but have leveled out since November. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN rose this week, although none increased by more than 5%, the level DTN considers significant.

  • North Dakota State University recommends all bulls have an annual breeding soundness exam in late March or early April. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Extreme Cold Poses Danger for Bulls

    When the weather turns frigid, livestock can be severely affected. Bulls are especially at risk, because freezing temperatures can damage their reproductive organs.

  • Anhydrous prices increased $16/ton in the last full week of January, bringing the average retail price to $584/ton. That's 19% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices of all eight retail fertilizers tracked by DTN moved higher the last full week of January, although none increased by more than 5%.

  • Retail MAP prices are 9% higher than they were at this time last year, posting an average price of $534/ton in the second week of January. It's the smallest percentage increase of the eight major fertilizers tracked by DTN. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The trend of higher retail fertilizer prices continues, with all eight major fertilizers moving higher, although none increased by a significant percentage.

  • The single most useful tool to improve cattle comfort during extreme cold weather is bedding, according to South Dakota State Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Livestock Producers Prepare for Storms

    Cattle and hog producers across the central Midwest are taking some extra measures to protect their animals' health and performance in a winter storm that is forecast to move across the region late Friday and this weekend.

  • The single most useful tool to improve cattle comfort during extreme cold weather is bedding, according to South Dakota State Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate Warren Rusche. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Livestock Producers Prepare for Storm

    Cattle and hog producers across the central Midwest are taking some extra measures to protect their animals' health and performance in a winter storm that is forecast to move across the region late Friday and this weekend.

  • The hay market is seeing strong demand for forage, which is keeping prices high. Regionally, forage prices vary due to differences in supply and availability. (Photo courtesy of Kim Summers)

    Rainy Year Affects Forage Production

    High rainfall amounts in some areas have led to high demand for forage and limited supplies.

  • At $568/ton, the average retail price of anhydrous is 9% higher than last month and 21% more expensive than at the same time last year. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Nitrogen fertilizer prices continue to rise, with the average retail price of anhydrous increasing $49/ton over the past month, a 9% increase.