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.

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.
High Freight Costs Hinder Northwestern Hay Exports 1
High shipping rates make it difficult for Pacific Northwestern hay export firms to compete with California exporters.
Hay Prices Likely To Hold Steady
Hay prices should stay stable around most of the country the rest of the marketing year, says economist.
Water Woes Hamper California Hay, Beef Sectors
Drought in California has pushed up hay prices and forced producers to rethink how much of the crop they'll grow next year.
Farmer Offers Buyers, Sellers ‘Hay Depot’ Option 2
A "hay depot" would help small-operation producers buy hay in quantities they can afford.
Dairy Hay Surprisingly Plentiful In Northern Plains 1
Midwesterners can find plenty of dairy-quality hay this year from states farther west.
USDA Considers Alfalfa Crop Insurance Improvements 1
USDA's Risk Management Agency wants input on how to improve alfalfa insurance.
E-Commerce Site Aims To Streamline Hay Marketing
Justurhay.com is a new website aimed at simplifying marketing for hay growers.
Hay Prices Hold Steady At Midwestern Auctions
Hay prices at Midwestern auctions have held steady this fall, but sellers are at odds about where the market may be headed.
Where Next For Hay Prices?
Ag economists examine recent corn and soybean production estimates to see how they and other factors could affect hay prices.
Why These Hay Growers Bought A Bale Conversion System 3
An Indiana couple uses a bale conversion system to cater to the small square bale market.
New Growers Use Multiple Methods To Market Hay
A couple new to growing hay is using multiple affordable steps to market their product.

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