• Tom Bechman

    Dirt in My Billfold Tells the Story

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 30, 2013

    When you pull out your billfold to pay for a Polar Pop at the local gas station and particles of soil fall out, plus maybe a wisp of a corn stalk leaf, brown and golden, it could be quite embarrassing. Actually, I’m proud of what I do and it’s an occupational hazard. If someone that sees the soil fall out and the corn leaf segment drift to the floor thinks I’m a hick, so be it. The soil gets there largely because I volunteer to coach local soil judging teams, and…

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    Lights and SMV Emblems Alone Don't Stop Fatalities

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 23, 2013

    For the second time in two years, a car collided with a combine at an intersection, resulting in a fatality. Last year it happened in Tippecanoe County. Three people in the car, including two teenagers, died. This year it happened in Huntington County. The driver of the car that hit the combine was killed. It's up to the courts and law enforcement to assign blame and figure out who did what. But the fact remains, too many accidents with farm-related equipment are happening on rural…

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    Farmers Await Harvest With Lots of Questions

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 16, 2013

    Arguing this growing season didn't have two distinct halves would be tough. It started out cool and wet – wet enough to delay planting or at least push it back beyond where most people like to start. Then it brought rain in June, too much in some places, just enough in others. July was cool overall with adequate rain in many places. Here comes the split personality. It went from a cool and wet trend to a hot and dry trend just in time to burst the bubble of those dreaming of…

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    2013 Farm Progress Show Went From Hot to Sizzling

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 2, 2013

    If you stayed away from the 2013 Farm Progress Show because it was hot, you missed a lot of great products. Exhibitors once again saved several of their latest products to introduce at the show. Others brought things they weren't even willing to talk about yet. The most talked about item at the show was an amphibious manure lagoon pump made by the young engineer and son of the company president of Nuhn Manufacturing. He worked on it right up to the show so it hasn't been tested…

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