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

    July corn is down 4 1/4 cents per bushel, August soybeans are down 4 cents, September KC wheat is down 3 1/2 cents, September Chicago wheat is down 1 1/2 cents and September Minneapolis wheat is up 2 cents.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 4 cents, July soybeans are up 6 cents, Chicago July wheat is 7 3/4 cents higher, KC July is up 8 1/2 cents and Minneapolis July is up 6 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: July corn is unchanged, July soybeans are up 1 cent, Chicago July wheat is 3 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 3 cents and Minneapolis July is down 1/4 cent per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: July corn is down 3 cents, July soybeans are down 6 1/4 cents, Chicago July wheat is 8 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 9 1/2 cents and Minneapolis July is down 6 cents per bushel.

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Wheat and corn fell on Tuesday in a correction of the rally that began in mid-May. Better than expected conditions on wheat, impressive early yield data and a warmer and drier late June outlook sent that market lower. With corn...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    CST prices at CME Globex: July corn is down 7 3/4 cents, July soybeans are down 5 cents, Chicago July wheat is 10 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 13 1/4 cents and Minneapolis July is down 4 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 8 cents, July soybeans are up 5 cents, Chicago July wheat is 4 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 5 1/4 cents and Minneapolis July is up 2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    December corn closed up 12 1/2 cents after USDA cut over a billion bushels off the 2019 U.S. corn crop estimate, a nod to this spring's planting problems. Soybeans ended slightly higher and wheat prices were modestly higher, but...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    CST prices at CME Globex: July corn is down 3 1/2 cents, July soybeans are down 1/4 cent, Chicago July wheat is 2 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 6 1/2 cents and Minneapolis July is down 5 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Lower starts on Sunday evening turned mostly green by Monday's close as July contracts of soybeans and winter wheat finished with small gains. July corn ended the session unchanged with traders waiting for USDA's Crop Progress...

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Despite what appeared to be a bullish close Thursday, the markets were again weaker Friday, led by soybeans. Widespread planting is expected next week as the forecast is mostly dry and warmer for much of the central and...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is down 5 1/4 cents, July soybeans are down 9 cents, Chicago July wheat 1 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City July is down 1/2 cent and Minneapolis July is up 5 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is down 7 cents, July soybeans are down 6 3/4 cents, Chicago July wheat is 12 3/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 14 3/4 cents and Minneapolis July is down 8 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 5 1/4 cents, July soybeans are up 7 1/2 cents, Chicago July wheat is 9 1/2 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 14 1/4 cents and Minneapolis July is down 7 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 1/2 cent, July soybeans are up 2 cents, Chicago July wheat is 12 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 16 1/4 cents and Minneapolis July is up 11 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is down 9 1/2 cents, July soybeans are down 6 1/4 cents, Chicago July wheat is 9 1/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 7 3/4 cents and Minneapolis July is down 5 1/2 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 11 1/2 cents, July soybeans are up 25 3/4 cents, Chicago July wheat is 9 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 12 1/2 cents and Minneapolis July is up 8 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 8 3/4 cents, July soybeans are up 11 1/2 cents, Chicago July wheat is 18 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 19 1/4 cents and Minneapolis July is up 12 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Despite some recent technical indications that the corn rally may have gone far enough for the short term, futures were able to shrug off overnight weakness and climb higher on Thursday -- until midday. News that the Trump...

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Following Tuesday's volatile midday trade, which is attributed to a Bloomberg story about an impending second farm aid package, the markets have quieted. Wheat and corn appear ready to take a breather from the torrid...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is down 4 cents, July soybeans are up 2 cents, Chicago July wheat is 7 1/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 5 cents and Minneapolis July is down 3 1/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Excessive rains with more to come and the slowest-ever planting pace in mid-May on corn (49%) sent heavily short commodity funds running for the exit door early Tuesday. Managed funds, who just last week had been short a...

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Weekend rain and even snow, plus a forecast that promises more rain the next 10 days fueled Monday's sharp grain and soy complex rally. As planting seriously lags the average pace in corn and soybeans, and severe weather...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 6 1/4 cents, July soybeans are up 12 cents, Chicago July wheat is 12 1/4 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 17 3/4 cents and Minneapolis July is up 12 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    While corn and Kansas City wheat extended weekly gains, soybeans refused to go along Friday. Very heavy rains projected for much of the Corn Belt will likely cut acres and compromise yield, while key spring wheat states will also...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 4 3/4 cents, July soybeans are down 3 3/4 cents, Chicago July wheat is 4 3/4 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 5 cents and Minneapolis July is up 10 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Despite the late session sell-off in both corn and wheat from Wednesday's highs, both of those markets were back up sharply on Thursday, with soybeans reluctantly following. Funds -- that had amassed record net short positions...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is up 5 3/4 cents, July soybeans are up 8 1/2 cents, Chicago July wheat is 9 1/2 cents higher, Kansas City July is up 8 1/2 cents and Minneapolis July is up 7 3/4 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Following Monday's new lows in corn, wheat and soybeans, all three markets surged higher on Tuesday, led by soybeans and corn, which gapped higher in both old and new crop. While the failure to reach a U.S.-China trade accord, and...

  • This chart reflects the position prior to Friday's USDA report. U.S. ending corn stocks will approach the upper boundary of this chart in 2019, unless corn acres and yield are affected by the late planting, which appears likely. (Chart by CME Group)

    USDA Reports Review

    The saga of burdensome stocks continues with USDA's May WASDE report, which featured higher-than-expected U.S. and world ending stocks and production than most had anticipated on the three major crops.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    July corn is down 12 3/4 cents, July soybeans are down 25 cents, Chicago July wheat is 8 1/4 cents lower, Kansas City July is down 8 3/4 cents and Minneapolis July is down 8 cents per bushel.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Corn and soybeans bounced a bit Wednesday, following a USDA report which did little to change the narrative of plentiful U.S. and world supplies of all three major ag crops. Wheat traded mixed with winter wheat lower and Minneapolis...

  • U.S. corn ending stocks, which had declined from a recent high of 2.250 billion bushels in 2016, have now moved back above 2 billion bushels -- plentiful, if not excess. With USDA expecting a large surge in corn acres, weather permitting, stocks could remain large. (Chart by CME Group)

    USDA Report Review

    Both U.S. and world corn and wheat ending stocks were bearish, while soybean ending stocks were neutral but remain burdensome, according to USDA's latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. World corn...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • A row of combines roll across a field near near Parecis, Mato Grosso in early February. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    SA Crops Look Bountiful

    Throughout much of the growing season thus far, both Argentina and Brazil have been blessed by mostly favorable conditions. Here's where their crops stand so far.

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Chicago and Kansas City wheat futures continue to recover from weakness following last week's USDA stocks and seeding reports. Minneapolis wheat set another new contract low Wednesday. Corn was up a bit, and has recovered a...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • USDA's 92.8-million-acre (ma) corn planting estimate was not only 1.7 ma above the average pre-report estimate, but 3.7 ma above last year's final acres. On the other side of the coin, soybean acres were below the average guess. Wheat acres also came in below estimates.

    USDA Reports Review

    USDA surprised on Friday with a much larger than expected stocks and prospective seeding on corn. That set the stage for a bearish reaction in corn, with wheat and soybeans falling as well. At Friday's close, corn futures were...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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