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 39 cents under the May futures contract while the DTN National Corn Index was down 2 cents at $3.17. The national average basis for soybeans was unchanged at 77 cents...

  • A barge waits to be loaded at one of the northernmost river terminals on the Mississippi River, just west of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, this past fall. River terminals rely on working locks and dams to move their barges to the Gulf for export, but the USACE can only do so much to keep up with repairs on the aging locks and dams due to a limited budget. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

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    The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which is an assessment of the condition of the nation's infrastructure across 16 categories. It found that the average grade was a D+.

  • As spring planting season draws near, will farmers plant more soybeans than corn because the economics of doing so says they should? Or will they stick with their normal rotations?  (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

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    Soybeans or Corn: Sow What?

  • On Feb. 23, USDA said that farmers will likely increase planted soybean acres by 5.5% to 88 million acres and cut corn planting by 4.3% to 90 million acres. However, there are many farmers who don't think that acres will increase by as much as USDA's estimates.

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    On Feb. 23, USDA said that farmers will likely increase planted soybean acres by 5.5% to 88 million acres and cut corn planting by 4.3% to 90 million acres. However, there are many farmers who don't think that acres will increase by...

  • Ice coverage on Lake Superior is unseasonably light for this time of year. (Graphic courtesy of the NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System)

    Cash Market Moves

    If recent warm weather across the country continues, the grain shipping season on U.S. waterways could see an early start this year. The warm weather also may be a temptation for farmers to start spring field work early.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $2, at $98 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Distillers Grain Weekly Update

    DDG prices have remained firm in the domestic market, even as exports have been lackluster.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was unchanged at 37 cents under the March futures contract and the DTN National Corn Index was down 5 cents at $3.37. The national average basis for soybeans was 1 cent stronger at 74...

  • This map shows the U.S. durum triangle in Northwestern North Dakota/Northeastern Montana where the majority of durum is grown. (Photo courtesy USDA)

    Cash Market Moves

    Durum in Latin means "hard", and the species is the hardest of all wheat. Its high protein content, as well as its strength, makes durum good for special uses, the most well-known being pasta. It is also one of the hardest of the...

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 1 cent weaker at 36 cents under the March futures contract and the DTN National Corn Index was up 8 cents at $3.32. The national average basis for soybeans was 1 cent weaker at 77...

  • Railcars move through the Twin Cities corridor in late December 2016. Will current proposed rulemaking of rail issues currently active under the U.S. Surface Transportation Board be affected by the White House regulatory freeze released on Jan. 20? (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    On Jan. 20, 2017, Reince Priebus, assistant to the president and chief of staff, sent a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies, calling for a "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review." Will this memo affect current...

  • BNSF snow dozer (there's a locomotive pushing it behind that cloud of snow) clearing rail tracks of snow in the Jamestown, North Dakota, Subdivision in mid-January 2017. BNSF employees have been handling heavy snowfall along parts of their network in the north since late November, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the BNSF Railway)

    Cash Market Moves

    Since late November 2016, logistics have been hampered due to heavy snow, winds and severe winter storms in the Upper Midwest, especially in North and South Dakota. As conditions eased somewhat after the first of the year...

  • A tow pushes barges on the Mississippi River in mid-October 2016, heading to the Gulf through the St. Paul Minnesota District. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    The U.S. river system and barge transportation network experienced many ups and downs in 2016, including the effects of extensive flooding early in the year, strong grain movement and the passage of the Water Resources...

  • A Canadian Pacific train moving through the Twin Cities corridor in late December 2016. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Cash Market Moves

    Last year started out slow for the nation's railroads due to low grain prices and a slowdown in coal and oil shipments. However, the railroads moved more grain in June, July and August as shippers prepared for the 2016 harvest. At...

  • Corn piled in northwest Minnesota in mid-November 2016. Piles like this can last through the winter, especially if corn was dry and is piled on a concrete slab, then equipped with fans underneath the tarp to keep air moving. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

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    Reports are surfacing from the Upper Midwest of wet corn stored in piles turning sour, and in some cases, sprouting.

  • DTN Daily Basis Comments

    The national average basis for corn was 2 cents stronger at 37 cents under the March futures contract and the DTN National Corn Index was up 10 cents at $3.18. The national average basis for soybeans was 1 cent weaker at 76...