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

    7:45 a.m. CDT prices at CME Globex: May corn is up 3 1/2 cents, May soybeans are up 3 1/2 cents, May KC wheat is up 10 3/4 cents, May Chicago wheat is up 12 1/4 cents and May Minneapolis wheat is up 7 cents.

  • USDA's 97 million acre (ma) corn planting intention was 2.7 ma above the average trade estimate from Dow Jones and is up 8% from last year's 89.7 ma. Soybean planting intentions, at 83.5 ma, were 1.2 ma below the average estimate, but 10% above last year's 76.1 ma final planting number. All-wheat planting fell to the lowest in history at 44.7 ma, below last year's record low 45.2 ma. (Chart by Todd Hultman)

    USDA Reports Review

    USDA's Prospective Plantings and March 1 Grain Stocks reports featured a larger-than-expected increase in corn planting intentions and the lowest all-wheat plantings in history. The market reaction was subdued with corn slightly...

  • DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: May corn is down 1 cent, May soybeans are down 4 3/4 cents, May KC wheat is down 2 cents, May Chicago wheat is down 2 cents and May Minneapolis wheat is down 1 1/2 cents.

  • DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: May corn is down 1 1/2 cents, May soybeans are up 6 cents, May KC wheat is up 2 3/4 cents, May Chicago wheat is up 3 1/4 cents and May Minneapolis wheat is up 1 cent.

  • DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: May corn is down 1 3/4 cents, May soybeans are up 2 3/4 cents, May KC wheat is up 14 1/4 cents, May Chicago wheat is up 11 1/4 cents and May Minneapolis wheat is up 7 cents.

  • DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: May corn is down 3 1/2 cents, May soybeans are down 10 1/2 cents, May KC wheat is down 7 1/2 cents, May Chicago wheat is down 10 3/4 cents and May Minneapolis wheat is down 5 3/4 cents.

  • This chart shows the progression of China soybean imports. For the first time in the last several years, China soybean imports have increased -- perhaps a good sign following the phase-one deal. (USDA graphic)

    USDA Reports Review

    DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini takes a closer look at the Feb. 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

  • This chart shows March 2020 corn futures' initial reaction and the subsequent recovery from what was larger-than-expected corn yield, production and ending stocks in the January USDA reports. March finished 9 cents above the low. (DTN chart by Dana Mantini)

    USDA Reports Review

    Although USDA's Jan. 10 reports showed yield, production and ending stocks at higher levels than traders had estimated, the markets were able to shake off early weakness and finish higher, well above the lows, with wheat and corn...