• Tom Bechman

    Attempt to Recreate History Not Easy

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 25, 2010

    This story has a beginning, but no ending. There is no surprise finish, at least not that I know of. The people that could write to the end of the story have likely went on to their reward many years ago. A farmer friend of mine near Edinburgh, Jim Facemire, was trying to determine if there were any tile lines in a certain part of a field. To his knowledge, and he's lived on this tenant farm 35 years, there wasn't tile in the 100-acre field. It's mostly somewhat poorly and poorly drained…

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    Nice to Find Former Hoosier Making Good

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 18, 2010

    Back in what seems like another lifetime, I taught vocational agriculture for four years, three at Whiteland High School, in 1978 to 1981. Through camps and contests, I met Chris Jeffries, a young, wiry go-getter who was putting Martinsville FFA on the map. Dormant for many years, the chapter started winning contests and placing well in overall state chapter rankings. You remember someone like that. So it didn't take too long for the two of us to strike up a conversation when I visited him at…

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    Rock Hard Soils Make Everything Tough

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 12, 2010

    I'm a soils nut. I marvel at how the good Lord used glaciers and other features to give us different kind of soils - many good for farming, some for pastures, some for raising trees, others for building homes on. I try to convey that enthusiasm to students as a volunteer coach. This year I've worked with 20 kids since mid-August. We will take 17 of them to the state soils contest in Knox County near Vincennes the last weekend of October. If you're betting on when the central and southern…

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    A Great Way To Spend An Early Fall Afternoon

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 4, 2010

    There are much worse things to do on a sunny, crisp early fall afternoon than drive through rural Indiana. That's especially true if you're getting paid for it. And it's even truer if saying you're enjoying the drive is better than admitting the truth- you're lost! What's worse yet, you've got a perfectly good GPS unit sitting at home. But you were too macho to bring it. I figured I'd been doing this going on 30 years - finding farms in the country. How could I get lost in Delaware County…

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