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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  • This is a daily chart of July corn futures from June 10 -- the day of the June WASDE report. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    USDA Reports Review

    The June 2021 World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) report resulted in a bullish decline in U.S. corn ending stocks for both 2020-21 and 2021-22, while the report was considered neutral to a bit bearish for soybeans and wheat.

  • This chart reflects the sharp increase in non-food use of wheat by China in the past few year, more than doubling for 2020-21, helping to send world wheat ending stocks nearly 6 million metric tons lower than in March. (DTN chart by Dana Mantini)

    USDA Reports Review

    The April 9 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report featured a modest decline in U.S. ending corn stocks while soybean ending stocks were left completely unchanged. U.S. wheat ending stocks rose by 16...