Dana Mantini

Senior Market Analyst
Dana Mantini

Dana Mantini is a senior market analyst for DTN, and has 30-plus years of experience in the commodity futures industry.

Dana began as a wheat buyer and cash grain merchandiser for major flour millers, General Mills and International Multifoods. He was an independent member of the Kansas City Board of Trade, and spent 15 years as a broker/trader there. He has been hedge desk manager at Koch Industries (Koch Ag), and a commodity broker for Prudential Securities in Kansas City. He joined DeBruce Grain in 2001 as the Hedge Desk Manager, and did all of the futures/options trading, all of the hedging, spreading and initiated and managed a new farm contract program. Facilitated multiple farmer outlook meetings each year. DeBruce Grain managed 140 million bushels of storage capacity, and had 10-consecutive record-profit years before Gavilon acquired DeBruce in late 2010. Dana moved to Omaha in July 2012 to join Gavilon, first as a proprietary futures/options trader and then worked with Gavilon Producer Solutions, writing three times daily market wires, and advising producers on marketing.

It was the love of analyzing, interpreting, educating and writing that drove me to the open analyst position at DTN.

Dana graduated from Amherst College with a major in Economics, where he played baseball and basketball.

He is married to Ruthanne -- a certified pilates instructor -- and has two daughters -- Anna, 19 (sophomore at UNL), and Maggie, 16, (junior at Marian HS).

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is unchanged, May soybeans are down 1 1/2 cents per bvushel, Chicago May wheat is 1 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City May is up 3/4 of a cent and Minneapolis May is up a half cent.

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is down 1/4 of a cent, May soybeans are up 1/2 cent, Chicago May wheat is 2 cents lower, Kansas City May is down 2 1/2 cents and Minneapolis May is down 1/2 cent per bushel.

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Despite wheat and corn sales last week that fell well below expectations, and the fact that U.S. exporters continue to miss export sales, wheat led a strong early rally, with the corn market in tow. Wheat faded into the close, with...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is down 3/4 of a cent, May soybeans are down 2 1/4 cents, Chicago May wheat is 6 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City May is down 7 1/2 cents and Minneapolis May is down 3 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is up 3/4 of a cent, May soybeans are up 3/4 of a cent, Chicago May wheat is 4 cents higher, Kansas City May is up 3 3/4 cents and Minneapolis May is up 2 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is up 1 cent per bushel, May soybeans are down 2 cents, Chicago May wheat is 1 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City May is down 2 cents and Minneapolis May is down 3 3/4 cents.

  • The March USDA WASDE report did little to alter the bearish landscape of both U.S. and world soybeans. The record-large ending stocks in the U.S. of 900 million bushels, when coupled with combined Argentine and Brazilian soy production, portends an ongoing challenge to soy prices in 2019. (USDA chart)

    USDA Reports Review

    The February USDA WASDE report provided little support to bullish grain and soy traders. While U.S. wheat and corn ending stocks were raised more than expected and soy stocks remained burdensome, South American corn and soy...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is up 3/4 of a cent, May soybeans are up 1 1/4 cents, Chicago May wheat is 3 cents higher, Kansas City May is up 3 1/4 cents and Minneapolis May is up down 1/2 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is down 2 cents, May soybeans are up 2 cents, Chicago May wheat is 5 1/2 cents lower, establishing a new contract low, Kansas City May is down 5 cents, and also a new low, and Minneapolis May is unchanged.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is down 1/2 cent, May soybeans are down 1 1/2 cents, Chicago May wheat is 4 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 3 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is down 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is up 3 1/2 cents, May soybeans are up 6 cents, Chicago May wheat is 1 3/4 cents higher, Kansas City May is up 2 3/4 cents and Minneapolis May is down 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    In two-sided and volatile trade Friday, soybeans were up early, down hard at midsession and recovered to close higher and well above the lows. Wheat and corn futures were even more impressive, with corn hitting five-month lows and...

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Corn and soybeans continue in a sideways-to-lower pattern, while Chicago wheat once again scored new contract lows, having fallen 68 cents since Feb. 13. Only Minneapolis wheat was able to close in the green, presumably on better...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is up 2 cents, May soybeans are up 1 3/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 7 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 6 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 6 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    May corn is down 3/4 of a cent, May soybeans are down 4 1/23 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City May is up 1/4 of a cent and Minneapolis May is up 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 1/2 cents, March soybeans are up 8 cents, Chicago March wheat is 5 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City May is down 3 1/4 cents and Minneapolis May is down 3 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, March soybeans are up 1 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is 4 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 5 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 5 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 3/4 of a cent, March soybeans are down 4 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 8 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 5 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is down 3 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Wheat and soybean markets continued their bearish slide Tuesday, this time dragging a stubborn corn market with them. No news is bad news for these markets, which have traded on many unsubstantiated demand rumors for weeks...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/4 of a cent, March soybeans are down 2 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 1 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is down 1 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    A combination of fund and technical selling following Thursday's sharply lower close, a firm U.S. dollar, and weakening European and Russian wheat values have combined to send wheat lower again Friday, with Kansas City reaching new...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, March soybeans are up 5 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3/4 of a cent lower, Kansas City March is unchanged and Minneapolis March is down 1/2 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Following an avalanche of bearish reports, the grain and soy markets plunged on Thursday. While poor retail sales and U.S. government budget deficit news sent the stock markets lower initially, it was Strategie Grains' bearish...

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1 1/2 cents, March soybeans and Chicago March wheat are 5 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 4 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is down 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Following Tuesday's sharp rally in both corn and soybeans on renewed optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal, and the unlikely shutdown of the U.S. government, prices Wednesday are back to their choppy, sideways pattern. Wheat...

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Soybeans and corn opened higher and surged to larger gains Tuesday, closing strong. Wheat was a mixed bag, with only Minneapolis and Chicago in the green, while Kansas City new crop scored another new contract low. Very strong...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1 cent, March soybeans are down 2 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 2 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is down 3 1/4 cents.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 1/2 cents, March soybeans are up 1 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 4 1/4 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 1 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 1/4 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 3/4 of a cent, March soybeans are down 1 cent, Chicago March wheat is 4 1/4 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 4 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is down 2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1 cent, March soybeans are down 1 1/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 1 1/4 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 2 cents and Minneapolis March is down 1 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/4 cent, March soybeans are up 1/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 1/4 cent lower, Kansas City March is up 1/4 and Minneapolis March is down 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is unchanged, March soybeans are down 1/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 3/4 of a cent lower, Kansas City March is down 1/2 cent and Minneapolis March is down 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 3 cents, March soybeans are up 13 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 2 1/2 cents, Kansas City March is up 2 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 3 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 3/4 of a cent, March soybeans are up 2 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 1/2 cent, Kansas City March is up 1/4 cent and Minneapolis March is up 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 2 1/4 cents, March soybeans are up 2 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 2 3/4, Kansas City March is up 4 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is up 2 cents per bushel following two-sided overnight trade.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/4 cent, March soybeans are down 5 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City March is also 1 1/2 cents lower and Minneapolis March wheat is unchanged.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is unchanged, March soybeans are down 4 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is 2 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 2 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is up 2 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Soybeans, firm all day, surged late to finish strong, taking corn along for the ride. Weather, China optimism and news of the temporary government reopening led to the rise. Wheat, still in corrective mode, slightly lower.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, March soybeans are up 1 1/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 1 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 2 cents and Minneapolis March is down 3/4 of a cent per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Wheat, corn and soybeans all traded both sides of unchanged in largely featureless trade, with corn and wheat finishing lower, and soybeans slightly higher. Traders are anxiously awaiting the results of next week's trade meeting...

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1/2 cent, March soybeans are down 1 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1/2 cent lower, Kansas City March is down 3/4 of a cent and Minneapolis March is up 2 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 2 cents, March soybeans are up 3 1/2 cents, Chicago and Kansas City March wheat are both 3 1/2 cents higher, and Minneapolis March is up 5 cents per bushel. Wheat will attempt to close higher for the fifth...

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1/4 cent, March soybeans are up 1/4 cent, Chicago March wheat is 4 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 3 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is up 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/2 cent, March soybeans are up 4 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is 2 3/4 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 3 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Corn, soybeans and wheat began to rally sharply at midday as rumors of wheat business to China and a firming CIF corn basis fueled the rally.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 1/4 cent, March soybeans are up 3 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1/2 cent higher, Kansas City March is up 1 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 3 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 2 1/2 cents, March soybeans are up 5 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 2 1/2 cents and Minneapolis March is up 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, March soybeans are down 2 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3/4 of a cent lower, Kansas City March is down 1/4 cent and Minneapolis March is up 1 1/2 cents per bushel lower, following two-sided overnight...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 2 1/4 cents, March soybeans are up 5 cents, Chicago March wheat is 7 1/4 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 6 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 5 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1/2 cent, March soybeans are down 5 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City March is down 1 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is unchanged.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 1/2 cents, March soybeans are up 3 cents, Chicago March wheat is 1 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 1 1/2 cents, but both are 4-5 cents under the overnight highs, and Minneapolis March is up 4 1/2...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 3/4 cents, March soybeans are down 2 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 2 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 2 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 1 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/2 cent, March soybeans are up 5 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 3/4 of a cent lower, Kansas City March is down 1 cent and Minneapolis March is down 1/4 cent per bushel. Index fund rebalance beginning Tuesday...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, March soybeans are up 4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 2 3/4 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 4 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 6 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    On Monday, March corn was down 1/2 cent, March soybeans were also down 1/2 cent, Chicago March wheat was down 8 1/4 cents, while Kansas City March was off 7 1/4 cents and Minneapolis March was down 1 1/2 cents. Chicago March...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 1/4 cents, March soybeans are up 4 1/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is 2 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City March is up 1 3/4 cents and Minneapolis March is up 4 3/4 cents per bushel, and now some 13 cents above the...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 3 cents, March soybeans are up 3 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 3/4 of a cent, Kansas City March is up 3/4 of a cent, and Minneapolis March is up 3 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: March corn is down 3 1/4 cents, January soybeans are down 3 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is down 1/4 cent, Kansas City March is down 1/2 cent, and Minneapolis March wheat is up 3/4 of a cent...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent per bushel, January soybeans are down 3/4 of a cent, Chicago March wheat is down 6 cents, Kansas City March is down 5 1/2 cents, and Minneapolis March wheat is down 3/4 of a cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 3/4 of a cent, January soybeans are up 2 1/2 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 3 1/2 cents, Kansas City March is up 3 cents and Minneapolis March wheat is 5 1/2 higher.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is down 1 cent per bushel, January soybeans are down 1/2 cent, Chicago March wheat is down 5 1/2 cents, Kansas City March is down 4 3/4 cents, and Minneapolis March is 3 1/4 cents lower.