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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  • Of the eight major fertilizers, potash was the only fertilizer that saw a slight price increase the second week of June 2017 compared to a month prior. Potash had an average price of $341 per ton the second week of June 2017, up from $340 per ton the second week of May 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Outlook

    Retail fertilizer prices held fairly steady the second week of June 2017, continuing a trend of little movement that has been seen over the past several weeks.

  • Of the eight major fertilizers, potash was the only fertilizer that saw a slight price increase the second week of June 2017 compared to a month prior. Potash had an average price of $341 per ton the second week of June 2017, up from $340 per ton the second week of May 2017. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices held fairly steady the second week of June 2017, continuing a trend of little movement that has been seen over the past several weeks.

  • With sidedressing season in full swing, now is the time to pull soil and tissue samples in order to mitigate whatever nitrogen losses occurred this spring and summer. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)

    Give It the N Test

    Heavy rains pushed through the Corn Belt earlier this spring in several different weather fronts. Corn producers may be wondering if some already applied nitrogen fertilizer may not be available to their young plants.

  • The average retail price of urea was slightly lower at $339 per ton during the last week of May 2017, compared to a month ago. The price of urea is down 10% from a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to hold steady the last week of May 2017.

  • Donated fencing supplies and hay sit at Ashland Feed and Seed in Ashland, Kansas, on May 17. This area was the main drop-off point in the town after the March 6 wildfires. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)

    United Recovery

    A small town's population did the best it could to manage donated supplies, as well as get them out to those who needed them most.

  • Cattle are again grazing on rangeland in southwestern Kansas and northwest Oklahoma after severe wildfires burned through the region in early March. Englewood, Kansas, rancher David Clawson examines his water tank in mid-May as the recovery process continues. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Rising From the Ashes

    As some ranchers in the Southern Plains rebuild their homes, as well as fences, they have hope for the future thanks to their faith, a helping hand from neighbors and strangers, and heavier-than-usual rains after wildfires had...

  • Cattle graze in mid-May on rangeland hit by wildfires that spread March 6 north of Englewood, Kansas. Extension educators from Kansas and Oklahoma counties that saw wildfires in previous years say moisture is the key to grassland recovery. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Moisture Aids Rangeland Recovery

    Timely rains are helping rangelands bounce back from wildfire damage. Extension personnel recently shared what they learned from past wildfires in other counties on the Plains and what were some of the challenges, as well as benefits.

  • On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.38/lb.N, anhydrous $0.31/lb.N, UAN28 $0.44/lb.N and UAN32 $0.44/lb.N. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to stay fairly stable the third week of May 2017, with prices for five of the eight major fertilizers slightly higher and prices for the remaining three slightly lower compared to last month.

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 was slightly lower the second week of May 2017 compared to a month earlier at $437 per ton. The price of 10-34-0 is currently 22% lower than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Fertilizer Outlook

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to hold steady the second week of May 2017. One fertilizer services manager in Illinois said it's not clear what direction fertilizer prices might head next.

  • The average retail price of 10-34-0 was slightly lower the second week of May 2017 compared to a month earlier at $437 per ton. The price of 10-34-0 is currently 22% lower than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to hold steady the second week of May 2017. One fertilizer services manager in Illinois said it's not clear what direction fertilizer prices might head next.

  • Three-point hitches can be a mass of metal and hoses. Be careful how you connect them. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Kurt Lawton)

    Think Safe Hitching

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn looks at a report on safe implement hitching. The detailed report covers safe drawbar, three-point, power take-off (PTO), hydraulic and electrical connections.

  • Anhydrous prices were slightly higher the first week of May 2017, compared to the previous month, with an average of $508 per ton. Anhydrous is currently 14% less expensive than a year ago. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices continued to hold fairly steady the first week of May 2017, with six of the eight major fertilizers slightly lower in price compared to a month earlier and two slightly higher in price.

  • The snow storm in Kansas hit just as calving season was wrapping up, exposing a lot of mama cows and calves to blizzard conditions, mainly in Kansas. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Storm Causes Cattle Losses

    In at least some areas, cattle losses hit all types of operations, from cow-calf, feedlots and even the large dairies located in the area. High drifts have also made it hard thus far to assess the damages.

  • The average retail price of UAN28 was slightly lower the third week of April 2017 compared to a month earlier at $247 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to be fairly steady with no significant moves either higher or lower the third week of April 2017. With the opening of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new nitrogen fertilizer production facility...

  • The average retail price of UAN28 was slightly lower the third week of April 2017 compared to a month earlier at $247 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices continued to be fairly steady with no significant moves either higher or lower the third week of April 2017. With the opening of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new nitrogen fertilizer production facility...

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn shares thoughts on a trip across southern Iowa.

  • Forage specialists report forages generally appear to be in good shape across the country as the growing season begins. (DTN file photo)

    Forage Outlook

    Forages generally appear to be in good shape across the country as the growing season begins, forage specialists report. However, there could be some issues with winter injury and possible problems with increased numbers of...

  • Anhydrous had an average retail price of $508 per ton the fourth week of March 2017, 12% lower than at the same time last year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Prices of the majority of retail fertilizers were slightly higher again the fourth week of March 2017 compared to a month earlier. One Iowa co-op agronomy manager said he thinks retail fertilizer prices should be fairly flat in the...

  • Russ' Vintage Iron

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn shares an Illinois reader's story about his experiences with the International hundred series.

  • Urea was just slightly lower in price the third week of March 2017 compared to one month ago, at $356 per ton. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    While most retail fertilizer prices tracked by DTN moved higher, the rate of increase appears to be slowing.