• Tom Bechman

    Another Roller-Coaster Ride in Indiana

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 27, 2010

    Two weeks ago Ray McCormick, Vincennes, thought he had one of this best corn crops ever. Now, 400 acres are under water in the White River bottoms. And it was just beginning to tassel. The problem wasn't rain at Vincennes, it was rain in central Indiana that goes down the White River. And this was before the flood waters of last week headed south. Two weeks ago farmers in western Benton  County thought they were looking at 220 bushels of corn per acre. In a matter of minutes, some fields…

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    The Power of the Wind

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 21, 2010

    The official tornado drill week sponsored by safety agencies across the country may have been in March, but the real test was the week of tornadoes that began about one week ago. Tornadoes, hurricane-force winds and hail anywhere from golf ball to softball sized, hit many areas. If you didn't get hit, consider yourself lucky. All I've had to do is pick up a few limbs and small branches. We had a close call with a tornado warning and tornado-capable clouds directly at our location, but they…

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    Old Guys Still Know A Few Things

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 14, 2010

    Anyone who doesn't think it takes a blend of youth and old gray-haired people to get the job done these days needs to keep reading. Youth has brawn, the spring in their step, and they have access to all kinds of technology, from Facebook to texting to twitter, whatever all that stuff is. But ask them to mulitply 12 by 8 in their head, and many look at you with a dumb stare. They have to pull out some calculator, usually on their cell phone. So when you're doing farm work, especially a test…

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    Lucky Few Haven't Had to Replant

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 7, 2010

    If you farm any acreage at all and have made it to this point without replanting at least an acre or two, consider yourself fortunate. Reports funnel in about replanting one thing or another. The only good part of the story is that it's typically only one field or part of a field. It's not typically been a whole farm as happens some years with flooding or other calamities. One friend from Greene County spotted in less than 50 acres of corn, but he felt like he drove over 200 acres to do it…

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