• Tom Bechman

    Legend of the Last Round of Harvest

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 28, 2013

    Some of you may be getting close to the last round of the year at harvest – others have a ways to go because of good crops to haul off, weather and late planting. At any rate, sooner or later you will get to the last round. Legend holds that the last couple of rounds can be as spooky as seeing a witch on a barn roof on Halloween night. I swore I saw one once. Of course I was only 15, it was dark, around Halloween, and I was going to get the dairy cows in the field at 5 a.m. I probably…

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    What Does It Take To Excite People About Safety?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 21, 2013

    The Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council and the Purdue University farm safety program, headed by Bill Field, offered a series of three classes around the state recently. The goal of each class was to provide six hours of instruction for young, potential workers, especially, but not limited to those that might work in the grain industry. "Many of these kids are hired to work at these types of places and have no training going in," Field says. At least two high-profile cases…

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    Take Time to Appreciate the Good Things About Farming

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 14, 2013

    I was standing in a soybean field waiting on Del Unger to make it to the end so I could ride the combine for a while. His dad, Howard, now retired and a former Master Farmer, pulled up in his pickup truck. He got out and we exchanged pleasantries. Then he looked around and said ‘Well, this is another beautiful day.” And it truly was - fall was in the air and the sun was shining bright. The trees along the edge of the field were casting a few shadows that indicated days were…

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    Great To See Golden Corn Again

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 7, 2013

    Dave Nanda kept asking me the other day when we met, "what did you learn from 2013?" One of my first answers was that there are ears in the field, there is life after 2012. Nanda, Director of Genetics and Technology for Seed Consultants, Inc. and a frequent columnist, thought I was kidding, but I was dead serious. I don't know how many times I asked farmers this year how their corn crop was doing, and their answer was nearly always the same: "Well, at least there…

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