Rick Mooney

Editor, eHay Weekly

Freelance photojournalist Rick Mooney has been covering agricultural subjects for many of the country’s leading farm publications for 30 years. Raised on a small dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, his primary interests are dairy and hay and forage production. He became the editor of eHay Weekly in July 2008.

Articles by Rick Mooney
Midwestern Alfalfa Winterkill Won’t Be Widespread, Experts Predict
Alfalfa winterkill in the Midwest won't be as severe as it was last year, forage specialist predicts.
Get Top Dollar For Your Auction Hay
Extra time spent selecting and loading hay can increase auction profits, auctioneers say.
Tight Hay Supplies Ahead, Acreage Report Indicates
Flat hay acre estimates for 2014 indicate hay supplies will be tight and prices strong.
Hay Acreage To Stay Mostly Flat
USDA's estimated harvested all-hay acres for 2014 total 58.3 million, an increase of 2 million acres over that harvested in 2012.
U.S. Hay Prices Nudge Higher In March
The average price of U.S. alfalfa increased slightly to $191/ton in March, according to USDA.
Hay Growers Should Gear Up For Challenging Weather
Expect a cold spring in the Midwest and Northern Plains; warm, dry weather in the South, Northeast and Pacific Northwest and drought in the Far West.
Western Hay Growers Wait On Water Availability
Much of the Western U.S. is still experiencing drought, although hay growers in some states have more positive news.
Hay Growers: Anticipate Volatile Weather
U.S. hay growers could be in for another growing season with weather swings.
High Schoolers Find A Better Future For Ag Plastics
FFA students in Iowa are working on better ways to dispose of ag plastics.
More Digital Ways To Market Hay
Hay marketing innovators continue to develop online services to connect buyers and sellers.
Hay Feeding Accelerates In Cold Southeast
Although southeastern livestock producers are feeding more hay than usual, last year's ample supply should keep hay prices in line.
Better Times Ahead For Dairy?
Stronger milk prices and likely lower feed costs could soon give dairy producers solid profits, according to the January Dairy Situation and Outlook.
Hay Prices Ease At Upper Midwestern Auctions
Hay prices are down at Upper Midwestern auctions so far in 2014.
Is An Acreage Comeback Looming For Alfalfa?
Two back-to-back years of gains in total U.S. alfalfa acreage represent good news for the hay and forage sector, says Matt Diersen, ag economist with South Dakota State University.
Will Western Drought Keep Alfalfa Acreage Low, Prices High?
An extended drought in the West has kept hay prices high and has growers nervous.
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