• Tom Bechman

    Indiana Land Prices Keep Soaring Higher

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 30, 2012

    Another land sale in northern Indiana made headlines recently. Sold at auction by the Schrader Auction Company, Columbia City, it brought over $9,000 per acre. Sales going even higher have been reported in isolated sales within the state. You could have probably bought the same land for $300 per acre in 1960, $3,500 in 1979, and $1,100 in 1982. Since the crash, or was it a correction, Hoosier land prices have been off to the races. Sometimes the ascent has been sharper than at other times, and…

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    History Is Where You Find It In Indiana

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 24, 2012

    Driving to visit one of the recipients for this year's Master Farmer class, I discovered a piece of history that signifies the type of history that still dots the Indiana countryside. Many buildings could tell tremendous stories if they could talk of a time that was far different, but that laid the groundwork for the Indiana agriculture scene we have today. Since we have a policy of not releasing names of the winners of the Master Farmer award early, I'll omit some names in this tale, but it's…

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    Hunt For Asparagus Much Easier Than Walking Through Woods Looking For Mushrooms

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 17, 2012

    OK, maybe it is like shooting fish in a barrel. Yes, I know where I planted the asparagus plants about 10 years ago. So yes, I have a general idea of where the fresh asparagus shoots will come up each year. But that really doesn't bother me. The biggest picking of asparagus I've ever had in my garden came the day before Easter this year. As I was crawling around picking off spear after spear, I couldn't help but think, "Man, this is so much easier than chasing after mushrooms in the…

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    Chance to Hear Likely Governor Candidates Enlightening

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 10, 2012

    I'm not a politician, and this isn't a political column. Instead, it's reassurance to whoever is reading that whomever Hoosiers choose as their next governor, based on the views expressed by the two most likely candidates at a recent ethanol forum sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the ethanol industry, Indiana should be in good hands. It was a treat to hear these candidates express their views and answer questions submitted by the audience so early in the election season…

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    Read The Rest Of The Story Before You Read It In Print

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on April 2, 2012

    I was determined not to mow my yard in March. I never have before. However, with May weather in March, and enough nudging by my wife, I finally realized it was inevitable. It also didn't help that my retired neighbor prides himself on being the first one to mow. You'll read more about my fight against mowing in March in Front Porch in the May issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer. But if you're reading now, you're going to get the rest of the story before you know the full story. Finally, one…

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