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 corn was unchanged at 37 cents under the July futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was down 2 cents at $3.20. The national average basis for soybeans was 2 cents stronger at 62...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was unchanged at 38 cents under the July futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was up 2 cents at $3.21. The national average basis for soybeans was unchanged at 64 cents under...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $1 per ton, at $102 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were slightly higher on average, thanks to steady demand during the past week.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 1 cent stronger at 38 cents under the July futures contract and the DTN National Corn Index was up 5 cents at $3.46. The national average basis for soybeans was also 1 cent stronger at...

  • Later-seeded spring wheat is showing signs of drought stress in south-central North Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Mark Rohrich, Rohrich Farms Ashley, North Dakota)

    Cash Market Moves

    This past fall and winter, North Dakota received 47 inches of snow, and South Dakota railcars and locomotives were buried in snow. But in last week's USDA Crop Progress report, those same areas are now suffering through drought...

  • 2016/2017 DTN Hard Red Winter Wheat National Average Basis chart shows basis levels at historic lows all crop year. (DTN chart)

    Cash Market Moves

    The DTN National Average Basis chart shows what a rough year it was for the hard red winter wheat basis that hung well below the minimum five-year average for the 2016-17 crop year.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was unchanged, at $97 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were unchanged on average as end users weren't very aggressive buyers after loading up on product prior to the three-day weekend.

  • Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, (left) and Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, are this year's featured DTN View From the Cab farmers. (Courtesy photo of Zack Rendel; DTN photo of Brent and Lisa Judisch by Pamela Smith)

    View From the Cab

    Hail on Saturday in northeastern Oklahoma shredded some corn leaves and shattered some canola that was drying in windrows on DTN View From the Cab farmer Zack Rendel's farm. Despite another wet week at Brent and Lisa Judisch's...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 1 cent stronger at 39 cents under the July futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was down 4 cents at $3.30. The national average basis for soybeans was unchanged at 71...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 1 cent weaker at 40 cents under the July futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was up 7 cents at $3.34. The national average basis for soybeans was unchanged at 71 cents...

  • The Louisiana Belle and her crew busy parking barges along the Mississippi River near Destrehan, Louisiana, in late March. As flood waters move down river this week, barge traffic will be slow, or in some areas, stopped. (Photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    Mother Nature has been on a rampage the past few weeks, filling major and minor rivers in the U.S. and causing them to overflow onto farmland and communities in their path.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was unchanged at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were mixed this week with end-user demand slow. Barge offers rose, as the flooding in St. Louis and on the Illinois River disrupted barge movement for at least the rest of this week.

  • On April 24, the CME Group announced it intends to implement a Variable Storage Rate (VSR) mechanism in its KC HRW Wheat futures. Pictured is a mature hard red winter wheat field in June 2016 in front of Oahe Grain, Onida, South Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Tim Luken)

    Cash Market Moves

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved Variable Storage Rates in CBOT wheat futures contracts beginning with the July 2010 contract expiration. Since then, talk swirled around adding corn and or CBOT KC HRW wheat, but...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was unchanged, at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices have been firm with some locations posting better bids based on slightly tighter availability. Ethanol production remains below the million gallons a week growth we saw in prior weeks, as plants take spring maintenance...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was unchanged at 42 cents under the July futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was down 5 cents at $3.25. The national average basis for soybeans was 1 cent stronger at 79...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $1, at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were slightly higher than average due to recent plant maintenance.

  • While it isn't time to push the panic button yet on late spring wheat planting, some spots on this map have last plant dates in early May and weather forecasts don't look promising for this week. (Map courtesy of INTL FCStone)

    Cash Market Moves

    USDA said that spring wheat planting in the six key states as of April 16 was at 13%, which is behind the five-year average of 21%. South Dakota is the only state of the six listed that is ahead of average.

  • DTN National Average Corn Basis weekly chart shows how weak corn basis has been so far this crop year. (DTN chart)

    DTN Blog of the Week

    'Tis the Season to Plant Corn, But What's Up With the Cheap Basis?

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $2, at $94 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were higher on average thanks in part to spring downtime maintenance.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 1 cent stronger at 37 cents under the May futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was down 4 cents at $3.26. The national average basis for soybeans was unchanged at 76...

  • Union Pacific train running on a double track through San Antonio, Texas. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) adopted a final rule to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO) through its Class I members, to report certain...