• Tom Bechman

    Look For Kids To Bring Humor Into a Dismal Day

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 30, 2012

    Farmers at a meeting where the normal county average yield is nearly 150 bushels per acre were asked by the moderator what they thought the county average corn yield would be in 2012. It only took them about a minute to come up with 40 bushels per acre. And no one was itching to disagree or shove it any higher. Ouch! That hurts! Whether it really is that poor or not remains to be seen. The fact that it is sinking in now is that this is a bad year and that crop insurance is all that may pull…

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    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 23, 2012

    The range of 4-H exhibitors bringing garden exhibits into the Hendricks County Fair in Danville recently ranged from one puny vegetable because that's all they had to collections of five plates of good looking vegetables that would be competitive in any year. But the lengths some people went to get decent vegetables were beyond my scope. When they talk about putting a tent over the plant to keep it from getting so hot, that's beyond my time constraints! The project manager was lenient. So was…

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    Ohio County 4-H Has a Good Idea

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 16, 2012

    It's my pleasure to judge a few county fairs each year. I steer clear of livestock rings, but I judge crops, hay, garden, photography various animal posters, soil conservation and weather, and shooting sports whenever someone asks and I can work it in. It's a great way to get ides for stories too- the cover for August that you will see soon and a story about a young man who had a close call on a bike are both from trips I made to judge 4-H fairs. I judged shooting sports at the Ohio County…

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    Welcome To The Indiana Dessert

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 9, 2012

    I've just returned from a meeting featuring the vast majority of Purdue University's campus specialists and well over half the Extension ag educators in the state. Jim Mintert, assistant Extension Director, called meeting to make sure everyone was on the same page as far as how bad the drought was in various parts of the state, and what messages Purdue could be telling people that might help them make more informed decisions in bad situations. So while I wouldn't say the day was uplifting, it…

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    Let The Kids Run The Place

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 2, 2012

    Last week came two Supreme Court decisions, neither of which was easy to understand. Even legal experts were baffled by the twists and turns used to reach decisions, especially in the healthcare ruling. At the same time, more regulations flow from EPA regulators in Washington, D.C. The ones that make any sense just make life out here more difficult. The ones that don't make any sense are a dead giveaway that the people writing them either have no common sense, have never been on a real farm, or…

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