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
Get Your Hay Deals In Writing
Using written contracts is a good, easy way to protect both parties when buying or selling hay.
He’s Getting Back Into Hay
High hay prices convinced one farmer to get back into hay. But a USDA survey shows not many other farmers are thinking the same way.
Head Off Hay Fires In Large Square Bales
Large square bales have their advantages, but they're more prone to spontaneous heating than small bales.
Hay Prices Skyrocket At Midwestern Auctions 1

Soggy fields have kept some Midwestern growers from getting hay to market, according to local auction owners. Buyers, in the meantime, are running out of hay as wet, cold conditions have delayed pasture growth and first-crop hay. The outcome, of course: Higher hay prices.

Spring Showers, Snow Help Hold Hay Prices High
Snow, rain and cold temperatures have presented problems for hay growers in the Upper Midwest.
Horse Program Helping Veterans Needs Hay
VETS, a Wisconsin non-profit program that uses rescued horses to help U.S. veterans, is running low on horse hay.
Canadian Groups Protest GM Alfalfa
Organizers claim the event was highly successful, but Forage Genetics International says that planting GM alfalfa won't be an option in Canada this spring.
Facebook Marketing Exposes Hay Dealer To More Clients 1
Facebook helps Texas hay dealer keep in touch with clients and get his business' name to potential customers.
Recent Rain Is Good News For Florida Hay Grower
A 3” rainfall in mid-March was a welcomed sight for a Florida hay grower.
Canadians Plan ‘Stop GM Alfalfa’ Events
Opponents of genetically modified alfalfa trying to bring attention to their cause.
Nebraska Alfalfa Group Seeks New Members
With an eye toward developing a regional, producer-oriented forage-marketing organization, the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (N.A.M.A.) has opened up its membership to growers from beyond the state’s borders.
Weather Report: Still Dry To The Bone In Country's Midsection 2
After struggling through 2012, the driest growing season he can remember, hay grower Andy Stock was hoping fall rains and winter snows would replenish soil-moisture levels before the coming growing season
Traffic Slows For Online Hay-Listing Sites
Last fall, Nate Jaeger’s phone was literally ringing off the hook with calls from panicked, would-be hay buyers in drought-stricken regions of the country. In recent months, that’s changed dramatically.
New South Dakota Hay Auction Launches
The owner of Dakota Hay Auction at Corsica, SD, opened a companion auction 70 miles east in Parker on Feb. 1 of this year. His goal: to make it easier and less costly for hay sellers to move their product to market.
The Hay Market: A Dairy Producer’s Take 3
The narrow spread between high- and low-quality alfalfa hay prices in today’s supply-driven market could result in long-term challenges for hay growers selling to dairy customers, says John Johnson, owner of 3,500-cow Johnson Dairy in Eaton, CO
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