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

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

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is 3/4 of a cent higher, January beans are up 5 3/4 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 3 3/4 cents, Kansas City March is up 3 3/4 cents, and Minneapolis March wheat is 2 1/4 cents higher. Trade sentiment appears to be...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn is up 1 cent, January soybeans are up 4 cents, Chicago March wheat is up 2 cents, Kansas City March is up 1 3/4 cents, and Minneapolis March wheat is up 2 3/4 cents per bushel. Optimism regarding further negotiations...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

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

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Corn and soybean futures continue to hold gains, with soybeans up again Wednesday, projecting optimism that China will act soon on their Group of 20 promise to buy significant quantities of U.S. ag, energy and other products...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn was down 1 cent, January soybeans were down early, but have bounced back to 2 1/2 cents higher, March Kansas City (HRW) wheat was down 5 cents per bushel, while Chicago March is 4 1/4 cents lower.

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    It has been a mixed affair Tuesday in the grains with corn, soybeans and soy products looking to retest break-out levels from the Sunday-night gap-higher opening, and finishing higher, while wheat floundered in mixed trade. Chicago...

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    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn was down 1/4 cent, January soybeans were down, but have bounced back to 3 3/4 higher, successfully testing the break out area, and March Kansas City (HRW) wheat was down 4 3/4 cents per bushel, while Chicago March...

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    DTN Closing Grain Comments

    Following what was generally regarded as a middle-of-the-road truce between the U.S. and China on trade issues at the G-20 summit, grains and soybeans gapped higher in the overnight trade and held much of those solid gains by...

  • (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    DTN Before The Bell Grains

    March corn was up 4 cents, January soybeans were up 16 3/4 cents, and March Kansas City (HRW) wheat was up 4 cents per bushel, while Kansas City December has moved 3 1/2 cents lower on 400 deliveries.