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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  • 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.

  • The average retail price of urea was $325 per ton the second week of October 2017, up 5% from a month ago. The price of urea is now 3% higher than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Half of average retail fertilizer prices were higher and half were lower the second week of October 2017 compared to one month earlier.

  • Weaning time is stressful for calves as well as the producers. Proper steps can help reduce illness and limit costs. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Weaning Tips

    Here are several different approaches producers can use to reduce sickness and make the entire weaning process less stressful.

  • Of the 385 total respondents to a DTN 360 Poll question posted from Sept. 14 to Oct. 10, the majority said they had no plans to pre-order fertilizer for fall applications. (DTN chart by Scott R Kemper)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    The majority of respondents to a DTN 360 Poll said they didn't plan to pre-order fertilizer for fall applications.

  • Retail anhydrous prices tracked by DTN are at the lowest levels since the second week of Aug. 2010. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the fourth week of September continued to fall, with a couple of exceptions. The last time anhydrous was under $400 per ton was seven years ago.

  • Liquid tanks can change the center of gravity on ATVs and UTVS. Make sure you make adjustments. DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo.

    ATV Safety

    One of the most popular pieces of equipment on farms and ranches today are All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicle (UTV). These versatile machines are at home on most any type of farm/ranch as well non-farm situations.

  • Potash had an average price of $345 per ton the third week of September 2017, up about 2% from $338 per ton the third week of August 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Most average retail fertilizer prices continued to fall the third week of September 2017. But, for the time in several months, multiple fertilizers were slightly higher in price.

  • Urea had an average price of $310 per ton the second week of September 2017, up $5 from $205 the second week of August 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all but one fertilizer continued to move slightly lower the second week of September 2017. The average price of urea was slightly higher compared to the previous month.

  • MU Extension agronomist Rusty Lee shows a modified conservation ripper used to bury drip tape for irrigating corn and soybean fields. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Linda Geist)

    Drip Irrigation Increases Crop Yields

    Over the years, irrigation of crops has continued to evolve. Flood irrigation, also called surface or furrow irrigation, was likely the first form of irrigation used by humans as they began growing crops.

  • MU Extension agronomist Rusty Lee shows a modified conservation ripper used to bury drip tape for irrigating corn and soybean fields. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Linda Geist)

    DTN Blog of the Week

    MU Research Shows Subsurface Drip Irrigation Increases Crop Yields

  • The aftermath of last spring's fires in Kansas and other Plains states is still evident. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    KDA Wildfire Initiative Introduced

    Thousands of Plains acres were burned in several wildfires earlier this year. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will work to help state producers recover from the fires.

  • The average retail price of potash was $338 per ton the fifth week of August 2017, down just slightly from $339 a month ago. However, the price of potash is currently 3% higher than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to move lower the fifth week of August 2017. Farmers should be aware of fertilizer price fluctuations and take advantage of purchasing options when prices are low, according to a Michigan State...

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn explores some of the oddities in the history of farm machinery.

  • UAN32 had an average price of $248 per ton the fourth week of August 2017. That was 7% lower than the previous month's price of $265 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for most fertilizers were lower again the fourth week of August 2017, according to data collected by DTN. One retailer that will be coming out with its fall fertilizer prices soon said it expects prices to be...

  • Analysts have some concerns about the supply-and-demand situation for propane this fall if the crop-drying season is seen as above average. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Dan Miller)

    Fall Propane Demand Outlook

    With more U.S. propane supplies heading to export markets and lower domestic stocks compared to last year, a stronger-than-normal crop-drying season could cause propane prices to rise in the coming months.

  • UAN28 had an average price of $216 per ton the third week of August 2017, down 6% from the previous month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued their downward trend the third week of August 2017, but most farmers still aren't ready to purchase fertilizer for next year yet.

  • People look over optical sensing technology on a high-clearance sprayer at a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Project Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment (SENSE) field day near Schuyler, Nebraska, on Aug. 7. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Making SENSE of Crop Sensors

    The SENSE project is a partnership of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Natural Resource Districts, which focuses on crop canopy sensors directing variable-rate, in-season...

  • North Dakota producers have turned to corn, oats, wheat, barley and canola for forage, either haying or grazing these crops. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Hay Donations Available

    Recent rains in the Dakotas came too late to help most forages affected by drought. Here are some options for what to feed, or how to obtain feed, for your livestock.

  • 10-34-0 had an average price of $426 per ton the first week of August 2017. The fertilizer is now 22% less expensive than it was a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight major fertilizers were lower again the first week of August 2017, continuing a trend that has lasted for the past several weeks.

  • Anhydrous showed another large decrease in price the fourth week of July 2017, down 13% from last month. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $423 per ton the fourth week of July. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Some retail fertilizers -- mainly nitrogen fertilizers -- continued to see significant price decreases the fourth week of July 2017. Despite the lower prices, some farmers say they will wait until later in the year to start buying...

  • Employees at AGCO's Jackson, Minnesota, assembly plant use Google Glass to make operations run more efficiently. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    AGCO Uses Glass Technology

    AGCO is using a new technology, Google Glass, in the manufacturing of farm equipment. It allows the company to become more efficient when assembling tractors and application equipment.

  • Extreme weather and changing nitrogen uptake by modern corn hybrids are forcing farmers to closely monitor their crops to ensure the crop has enough nitrogen when the crop needs the nutrients. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

    Monitoring Nitrogen Better

    Tools such as nitrogen modeling are becoming more popular as farmers want some help to assure nitrogen is available for rapidly growing corn plants.

  • With an average retail price of $229 per ton the third week of July 2017, UAN28 is 6% less expensive compared to the previous month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the third week in a row, average retail fertilizer prices continued to decrease. Anhydrous, urea and UAN28 saw the biggest price drops.