• Tom Bechman

    Fair Season Is On In Indiana!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 27, 2011

    The Rush County Fair was just one of the fairs that started the fair season last week. More are underway this week. If you love county fairs, this is your time to shine. One year ago the Rush County fair was deluged with rain. Volunteers pumped out thousands of gallons of water just so the fair could go on. I haven't had the guts to ask, but it likely saw some rain last week too. Some people think rains and county fairs go together like snowstorms and the basketball sectionals. At least they…

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    County Fair Season Begins Again!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 20, 2011

    Believe it or not, the winter that would never end and the spring that many wish they could forget about are basically over, with spring officially turning to summer this week. Some counties didn't wait for official summer to kick off their annual runs, bringing roasted corn, giant tenderloins, Ferris wheels, and cracker jack back to life. I got my first taste of the county fair season this past Thursday, when I judged a variety of 4-H projects at the Rush County pre-fair judging in…

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    Here's to All Those Who Farm Little Patches

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 13, 2011

    The goal here is not to chastise those who farm mile-long fields of level, black, well-tiled ground. If that's what you've achieved, more power to you. Your challenge is producing as much as that field can possibly produce, and maintaining the soil fertility and productivity levels in the field. Instead it's to say here's a toast to all those who struggle planting and harvesting small patches, often irregular shaped fields, many times with nooks and offsets and trees all around the edge…

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    Suddenly It’s June 6!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 6, 2011

    Those who said there would be a break in the weather were finally right. Of course, they were saying it for about a month before it happened. And it may not be enough of a break to bail out those with river bottom land and other saturated soils who hoped to see corn growing there this year. Slowly but surely, the percentage planted numbers go up, both for corn and soybeans. It's now dangerously late for both crops if you have top yields plugged into your budgets. This may be one of those…

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    A Spring Worth Forgetting

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 1, 2011

    A friend once said that the great thing about the 4-H club pig business was that you get to start over each year. In the spring, in late March and early April, they're all winners. Then you take your lumps and start over next year, hoping this will be the year when that one that looks great in April still looks good in July and August in the show ring. Well, I think I've seen enough of this spring already. Hope may spring eternal, but this one is a train going down a fat track to nowhere…

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