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.

Midwest Alfalfa Seed Sales Show Strength
After a slide in 2011, alfalfa plantings could be trending upward in parts of the Midwest, according to reports on spring sales from three major seed companies.
Dairy Woes Restrain California Alfalfa Prices, For Now
Slumping fortunes in the state dairy industry will likely put downward pressure on California alfalfa prices early in the 2012 growing season, says Norman Beach, vice president of San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association in Tracy. As the season progresses, though, he looks for supply to tighten and prices to improve.
Southeastern Hay Prices To Remain Strong
Look for grass hay prices in the southeastern U.S. to stay on the high side in the months ahead – barring any major weather turnarounds, says Curt Lacy, ag economist with University of Georgia Extension. “Right now I don’t really see anything coming along that’s going to cause hay prices to come down very much, if at all,” he says.
Rescuing Rural Roads: How Harvesters Can Curb Farm-Equipment Damage
To keep rural roads in running condition, farmers, custom forage operators and custom manure applicators should join forces with local government and industry. So says Kevin Erb, conservation professional development and training coordinator for University of Wisconsin Extension. He recently studied the effects of large ag equipment on rural roads.
Managing Alfalfa After Frost 1
Growers are asking how the unusually warm spring weather – and freezing nights – may affect alfalfa growth. So Dan Undersander has put together answers to those queries.
Hay Acres Still On The Short Side
Hay prices aren’t likely to decline sharply in the year ahead, says ag economist Matt Dierson after reviewing last week’s USDA Prospective Plantings report.
Weather Changes Likely In Upcoming Hay Season
Hay growers may need to learn a whole new weather language in months ahead. Many meteorologists are turning to the Atlantic and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) to forecast what’s likely to happen during the 2012 growing season.
The Best Way To Market Hay
Ask what it takes to successfully market hay and Philip Bowles will give a straightforward answer: Don’t make things too complicated.
To Seed Or Not To Seed; Hay Growers Ponder
Growers around the country have been trying to determine how many acres they’ll devote to hay production in 2012. High hay prices, competing-crop opportunities, rising input costs, memories of last year’s rough growing season, market uncertainties and more are playing a role in their calculations. Here’s how three commercial growers are approaching the decision-making process:
Hay Auction Offers Internet-Only Sales
Internet-only hay auctions save sellers time and money.
Hay Prices Steady To Stronger At Midwestern Auctions
Here's what Midwestern hay auctions are bringing for prices – and supply in early February.
La Niña Hangs On
Whether the coming growing season turns out to be a repeat of last year’s largely depends on how long this La Niña hangs around.
High Hay Prices Will Persist
“(Hay) prices will hold closer to this year’s levels once we get into the 2012 new crop than to the price levels we saw in 2010,” says South Dakota State University ag economist Matt Diersen.
What Cattle Numbers Mean For The 2012 Hay Market
Solid clues as to where hay prices are likely headed in 2012 can be found in USDA’s Jan. 1 Cattle report, says Steve Koontz, ag economist with Colorado State University Extension.
NAFA Encores Washington, DC, Fly-In

Based largely on the success of a similar event last year, the National Alfalfa And Forage Alliance (NAFA) will be conducting its second Washington, DC, fly-in, set for Feb. 14-16.

Last year, nearly 50 producers and industry representatives from 29 states participated in the group’s first-ever fly-in, designed to increase the visibility of the alfalfa industry among federal agencies and the U.S. Congress.

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