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

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  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    7:45 a.m. CST prices at CME Globex: March corn is down 4 3/4 cents, March soybeans are down 3 3/4 cents, March KC wheat is down 9 cents, March Chicago wheat is down 7 1/2 cents and March Minneapolis wheat is down 1 3/4 cents.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1/4 cent, March soybeans are up 1 3/4 cents, March KC wheat is up 5 3/4 cents, March Chicago wheat is up 6 1/2 cents and March Minneapolis wheat is up 3 1/4 cents.

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

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

  • 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...

  • This chart reflects the December corn futures contract, which was just able to eke out a small gain on Friday after closing lower for six consecutive days prior to the WASDE report. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    USDA Reports Review

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