Mary Kennedy

DTN Basis Analyst
Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy has been in the grain business for more than 25 years and has worked in the Minneapolis, Duluth-Superior and PNW markets as a buyer/merchandiser of spring and winter wheat, durum, corn, barley, pulse crops and various other small grains. She is a native of St. Paul, Minn., and has lived in North Dakota and in Wisconsin where she worked as a commodity buyer in local grain elevators and an ethanol plant.

 

Mary has been a member of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and has served as the secretary of the Durum Industry Advisory Commission. She also served as a board member at the Portland Merchants Exchange and was a member of the arbitration committee at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

 

She has two sons and one daughter: Kevin, who lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter and son; Daniel, who is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army based at Fort Sam Houston with his wife and two sons; and Kelly, who resides in Minnesota with her husband and twin sons.

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  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for soybeans and corn was stronger, while wheat basis remained steady.

  • This spring wheat field near Frazer, Montana, was cut at harvest to be baled for hay because the severe drought this summer rendered it nearly useless. (Photo courtesy of Todd LaPlant, elevator manager at EGT LLC, Glasgow, Montana)

    Cash Market Moves

    The 2017 U.S. hard red spring wheat crop was lower in production but featured a high-grade profile, high-protein content and very good functional performance, according to a North Dakota Wheat Commission report.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for soybeans was stronger Friday while corn remained unchanged.

  • Pictured are DDGS loading on to a barge headed downriver. News of the removal of the 11% value-added tax by China on U.S. DDGS and slowdowns on portions of the U.S. river system that are causing freight issues pushed prices higher at the end of the week Nov. 10. (Photo courtesy of CHS Inc.)

    Cash Market Moves

    China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website last week that it would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles to be imported without charging an 11% value-added tax.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for soybeans was stronger Friday while corn remained unchanged.

  • Barges wait alongside of the Mississippi River Bluffs near St. Paul, Minnesota, to be placed at river terminals and loaded with new-crop soybeans. They will then head down river to the Gulf for export, traversing many of the aging locks and dams along their journey. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    A study released by the National Waterways Foundation points out that most locks and dams are more than 75 years old. They have suffered from a persistent lack of reinvestment and environmental stresses associated with...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was 2 cents higher at $113 per ton, as demand is picking up. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN average dried distillers grains price was higher on average for the week ended Oct. 26 at $113 per ton.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Summary: The corn basis was unchanged Wednesday and the soybean, HRW and HRS wheat basis was stronger.

  • An empty barge sits docked at a river terminal on the Mississippi River west of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. As harvest progresses and barges are loaded to head south, they will face low-water obstacles and lock repairs along their journey. The river level at St. Paul was at 5 feet above zero gauge on Oct. 2. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    Just as soybean harvest ramps up and corn harvest is not far behind, the basis along the U.S. river system has been falling apart due to low-water conditions on the river. Adding to the fall in basis is higher barge freight costs...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was 1 cent higher at $110 per ton, as markets remain firm. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN average dried distillers grains price was slightly higher for the week ended Sept. 28 at $110 per ton.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn and soybeans was unchanged Thursday, while the national average spring wheat basis was 1 cent stronger.

  • Piles of old crop corn, like this one at Armington, Illinois, have been popping up in the Eastern Corn Belt ahead of new-crop harvest. (Photo by Chad Colby, general manager of Central Illinois AG)

    Cash Market Moves

    Since basis didn't entice farmers to move large quantities of corn to market over the past 12 months, piles of remaining old-crop corn are now appearing across parts of the Corn Belt as producers make room for another big crop.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was 2 cents higher at $108 per ton, as the market saw support from news out of Vietnam last week that they will once again allow U.S. DDGS in to their country. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN average dried distillers grains price was higher for the week ended Sept. 7 as export demand firmed.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was unchanged at 47 cents under the December futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was up 4 cents at $3.12. The national average basis for soybeans was 1 cent weaker at 65...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was 1 cent lower at $106 per ton, but news of Vietnam lifting its import ban will likely lift prices in the coming week. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN average dried distillers grains price was slightly lower for the week ended Aug. 31. However, USGC announced on Friday that Vietnam will lift its suspension of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles imports.

  • These barges and ships pictured on the Mississippi River near Destrehan, Louisiana, north of Baton Rouge, have not yet been affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. However, as a result of the storm, the Houston/Galveston and Corpus Christi ports are in "Port Condition Zulu." Zula is the official marine term that suspends operations and closes ports to incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until otherwise directed by the captain of the Port. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Harvey Halts Ports, Rail

    Major rail service throughout eastern Texas remains at a standstill and port operations have been suspended as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump massive amounts of rain on the region. Corn and soybean groups are...

  • On July 27, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board wrote a letter to CSX Transportation, Inc. President and CEO Hunter Harrison stating their concern, fueled by shipper complaints, that service has "deteriorated" across the CSX network, affecting the entire North American rail network. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    After receiving complaints from shippers about CSX Transportation, Inc.'s service problems, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board wrote a letter to CSX's president and CEO stating the board's concerns.

  • Sorghum could soon be used as an environmentally friendly source of fabric dye, thanks to University of Nebraska researchers. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    Crop Tech Corner

    In this week's Crop Tech Corner, sorghum could make its mark on the textile dye industry, climate change promises to confuse perennials, and scientists dig into Fusarium.