Mary Kennedy

DTN Basis Analyst
Mary Kennedy has been in the grain business for more than 35 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, Minnesota, and has lived in North Dakota where she worked as a commodity buyer in local grain elevators and was a corn buyer at an ethanol plant in Wisconsin.
Mary has been a member of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and Minneapolis Grain Exchange 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 Major in the U.S. Army in Kentucky 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

    Soybean basis strengthened on Friday, while hard red winter wheat basis weakened, and corn, soft red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis held steady.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn, soybean, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis levels were all unchanged on Thursday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn and soybean basis was steady, while soft red winter wheat and hard red winter wheat basis was stronger Wednesday and hard red spring wheat basis was weaker.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn, soybean, soft red winter wheat, and hard red spring wheat basis was steady Monday, while hard red winter wheat was weaker.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn basis was stronger, while soybean, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis was steady Thursday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean, corn, and soft red winter wheat basis was steady, while hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis was weaker Thursday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn basis was stronger, while soft red winter wheat, soybean, hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis was steady Thursday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn basis was weaker, while soft red winter wheat basis was stronger, and soybean, hard red winter wheat basis was steady Wednesday, while hard red spring wheat basis was stronger.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean, corn, soft red winter wheat, and hard red winter wheat basis was steady Tuesday, while hard red spring wheat basis was stronger.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean, soft red winter wheat, corn and hard red spring wheat basis was stronger, while hard red winter wheat basis was stronger Friday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean, corn, soft red winter wheat, spring wheat and hard red winter wheat basis was stronger Tuesday.

  • The April full moon lit the way to prepare for the start of spring wheat planting in Crookston, Minnesota. (Photo by Tim Dufault)

    Cash Market Moves

    Planting this spring started early in parts of the U.S Upper Midwest as weather conditions during April were favorable for most farmers to plant spring wheat, small grains and get a start on corn and even soybeans.

  • A Neopanamax ship passes through the Panama Canal's Agua Clara lock in 2019. This lock was a result of the Panama Canal Expansion in 2016 to allow the transit of larger ships. The Atlantic Bridge is seen in the background. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

    Cash Market Moves

    It's been a struggle for ships trying to move through the Panama Canal since early 2023 due to low water issues from drought. Some good news came on April 15 when the Panama Canal Authority announced an increase in booking...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn, soybean and hard red winter wheat basis was steady on Thursday, while soft red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis strengthened.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn basis strengthened Wednesday, while hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis weakened, and soybean and soft red winter basis held steady.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean basis strengthened Monday while corn, soft red winter, hard red winter and hard red spring wheat basis held steady.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn and hard red winter basis was stronger Monday, while soybean, soft red winter wheat and spring wheat basis was weaker.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean basis was stronger while corn, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat basis and spring wheat basis was steady Thursday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn and spring wheat basis was steady Wednesday while soybean, soft red winter wheat and hard red winter wheat basis were weaker Wednesday.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn, soybean, soft red winter wheat basis was steady Monday while hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat basis were stronger Monday.

  • Pictured is a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train running along the Northern Trans Con and where shippers say service has been poor. (DTN photo Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    Since late 2023 and into 2024, the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe have been laying off workers, which is causing poor service and concerns for safety.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Soybean, corn, spring wheat and hard red winter basis was steady, while soft red winter wheat was stronger Tuesday.

  • Pictured is one of the buildings lost in the wildfires at Rival Genetics farm outside of Canadian, Texas, and the barn where Tatum Swenhaugen and her brother kept their show pigs when they were growing up. (Photos courtesy of Tatum Swenhaugen)

    Cash Market Moves

    The Swenhaugen family in Canadian, Texas, lost two rural homes and most of a swine operation to a massive wildfire that swept through the Panhandle last week. That fire is now the largest in Texas history. Tatum Swenhaugen shared...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    Corn, soybean and hard red winter wheat basis was steady, while spring wheat basis was weaker Tuesday, and soft red winter basis was stronger.