• Tom Bechman

    Calendar Moves Quickly Once March 1 Arrives

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 24, 2014

    Three months of cold, snow and ice are enough to make anybody think spring will never get here. But it will. Just look on the calendar. The 28 days of February are nearly gone. This coming Saturday is March 1. And once March arrives, it seems like the calendar slips into overdrive. The days fall off quickly. If your target planting date is April 15, that means you could be planting in just over six weeks, assuming the snow is gone and conditions are right. The snow will be gone. Whether…

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    Will They Need to Clear Snow for the Indy 500?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 17, 2014

    My daughter flew in from Minneapolis a couple days ago. We went to the airport to meet her. Snowdrifts along I-70 were a mile high…well, almost. They had piled a huge mountain of snow after clearing parking lots and other areas. It got me to thinking. When will this winter end? How long before that snow melts? Stuck in this cycle of most days in the teens, with a day now and then sneaking above 30 degrees, it's hard to imagine it ever getting warm again. Will they still be pushing…

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    Farmers Like the New Farm Bill; Activists Cry Foul

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 10, 2014

    Anyone who pretends they're an expert on the 2014 Farm Bill that just passed just might be pulling your leg. The bill is full of details, and Purdue University ag economists say that how the rules are fleshed out will go a long way toward determining the impact of the bill. Direct payments were eliminated, but crop insurance was "strengthened," or at least that's what the buzz on the Internet says. The 800-pound gorilla that the House wanted to take out, food stamps, is still…

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    Man, I Sure Love This Cold Weather!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 3, 2014

    I'm known far and wide for hating hot weather. The summer of 2012 was like being in purgatory for me. If the thermometer is above 90 degrees, I find air conditioning or shade. In 2012 when it was 106 degrees at 5 o'clock in the afternoon on my trusty John Deere thermometer in the shade, even the shade didn't help. So I usually say I'll take cold weather anytime over the heat of the dead of the summer. I can put clothes on but I can only take so many clothes off in the summer…

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