• Tom Bechman

    A Farmer's Wish List for 2014

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 30, 2013

    What would you like to happen around your farm and in your community during the New Year? Here are a few ideas. Even though I mainly raise sheep, I've thrown in a few ideas of my own too. The caution word for this list probably should be to be careful what you wish for. If some of these things really happened, things might not turn out as rosy as you might think. And it's quite possible that maybe one or two of these things will happen. One. The fertilizer dealer calls you up and…

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    A Favorite Christmas Memory from Long Ago

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 23, 2013

    Take a break from worrying about whether you'll make a profit next year, how to zap marestail or waterhemp and all that important stuff, and think back over some of your Christmas memories. Those are the good times. They last a lifetime. One of mine is visiting the late Dave Buck's farm a few days before Christmas many years ago. Back in those days, the youth group from the local church put on a live nativity scene. Only it wasn't at the church – it was in Dave's old…

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    Why A Farmer Should Never Say Never

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 16, 2013

    I am a big man. The entrance to my crawlspace where the pressure tank for my submersible water pump is located is not a big opening. And, I'm 60 years old. I'm not as nimble as I once was. So I had decided that I never intended to go under the house myself again. I would get someone else to do it. Well, as luck would have it, a recent Tuesday was one of those days I should have stayed in bed. The Internet that I depend on for work quit working, I dropped a chain to the dog pen in the…

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    Lost Jacket Makes a Good Story to Tell

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 9, 2013

    If you know anyone connected to Ripley's Believe it or Not, you might want to clip this one out and send it to them. I'm not sure I believe it. There's one other caveat before you laugh at me. All those who have left a coat or jacket and had to go back and get it, raise your hands. Anyone with their hands down can go read another item, because you'll never believe this! I recently attended a major rollout of a new food and health corridor to bring those types of businesses to…

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    A Mad Dash To The End of the Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 2, 2013

    Black Friday is over but the mad dash shopping continues since Christmas is roughly three weeks away. There's no time to lose, or at least that's what retailers want you to believe. Farming has its own version of the mad dash – decisions to make before Dec. 31 expires and a new tax year begins. Should you buy new equipment? Should you sell grain this year? Should you pay ahead on inputs to get discounts? Here are a few insights about decisions a typical farm operation might face…

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