• Tom Bechman

    Love is Blind. And Makes Us Do Stupid Things!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 31, 2012

    I must preface this by saying I've watched probably two dozen sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel with the family over the past two weeks. This is not because anyone forced me to – they have a certain charm, especially at this time of year. That's true even though the plots are predictable and the facts are sometimes stretched just a tad. There's usually a message about love of one form or another, maybe several forms, and some hope and inspiration in there if…

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    Recall Your Favorite Christmas Memory

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 24, 2012

    You read right – it was the present that was important, not just the thought, but we'll get to that later. I just watched the classic movie Hoosiers with my son, Daniel. I've watched a dozen times, but not for a while, and not with my son. He's home from college. Tonight will become a Christmas memory. So forgive me if I'm nostalgic. After all, it's Christmas. (You can still trade that tractor before Jan. 1 if you think you need to). But for this moment, think…

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    Be Careful Where You Take A Nap!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 17, 2012

    Stopping to take a short nap can make the rest of the day go better. And it can be tough not to take a nap this time of year, especially if it's gloomy outside. When the sun doesn't show up until 8 a.m. and sets by 5:30 p.m., it makes for a short, dreary day, even for a rooster. He probably gets a nap in too. The trick is to be careful about where you take a nap. Just the other day I drove my old farm truck down to a neighbor's place. It was cold but sunny outside. I pulled…

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    Hungry For Information About Efficiency?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 10, 2012

    Three meetings were on my schedule within a week's time recently. One was a Precision Planting workshop at Bruce Weibel's farm near Remington. Ken Sauder of Precision Planting spent three hours in a special tricked-out semi-trailer that looks like a showroom demonstrating how a change here and a change there in your planting operation can add up to real efficiency, more yield and more profit. The trailer was nearly full for a morning session and afternoon session. A big steak…

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    Story Worth A Chuckle Just In Time For Christmas

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 3, 2012

    This Christmas season, most folks are in need of some laughter and joke-telling. It's been a long year with a drought and an economy that is still sputtering, and dire predictions ahead. The reason for the season should help you get through the tough spots. That's enough by itself, but just for kicks, here's a funny story to get you into the Christmas spirit. The story is true. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. No, it didn't happen to me or even to any of…

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