• Tom Bechman

    Oh, To Have The Determination of a Ram!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 23, 2011

    I've learned a lot from our flock ram. I've learned not to forget where you are when you look the other way. I've learned not to bend over if he's within 20 yards. I've learned that when you forget any of these things and get plastered from behind, it hurts! Especially if you're 58 years old and have no clue it's coming- kind of like a quarterback getting blindsided because his lineman missed a block. Ouch! I've also learned perhaps the most important lesson of all from watching our ram…

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    Each Person's Definition of 'Too Wet to Work' is His Own

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 16, 2011

    The farmer on the other end of the line was planting corn. It was just a few days ago. He started talking to me like I had known him for years. This was the first time I had ever talked to him, but I knew exactly what he was talking about. I have fretted over similar situations and made similar observations for years. "Tom, I just don't get it," he said. "I just don't get it." OK, don't get what? "I finally started planting at noon today, my fields are well-tiled, we're on good black dirt…

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    Mud, Mud And More Mud!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 9, 2011

    Misery may not love company, even though the old saying says it does. At any rate, if you're tired of staring at mud in your barnlot, you're not alone. We've got more mud here on our tiny three acres than I thought we possibly could ever pile in one place. Purdue University's Gary Steinhardt could do soil compaction studies here from now until he retires. The only good thing is that, as they say, and this one I do believe, 'this too shall pass.' Eventually it will dry up, most likely too much…

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    How One Man Touched Many Lives

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on May 2, 2011

    If you farm in Indiana and haven’t heard Bob Taylor speak, haven’t taken a class from him or know someone who did, you may ask yourself if you get out and around enough. Taylor, of the Purdue University Ag Economics Department, has become an icon in his field. Best known for teaching 40,000 students over 50 years, he’s also given countless Extension meeting programs, counseled hundreds of farm families, and continues to anchor the Indiana Prairie Farmer Young Farmer column…

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