• Tom Bechman

    Wild Time at National FFA Convention

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 31, 2011

    There's something about 51,000 young people and advisors, most of the young people in blue jackets, that's gets even tired old blood like mine pumping faster. It's a welcome break from news reports and news shows about all the bad things about kids. These kids still believe, so much so that the theme of the national convention was 'I Believe.' I believed too. But maybe I should have turned in about 9 p.m. on Thursday night, with thoughts of speakers who had been through war and who brought…

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    Trip to Get Steel For Repairs Turns into Adventure

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 24, 2011

    Columbus and Bartholomew County, we love you- we just wish you were easier to get around in! If you live there, it may be a snap, but if you don't go there more than a couple times a year, and go into Columbus on Highway 11 from the north, you run into amaze of semi-roundabouts and one way streets and construction, always construction, and streets that run on an angle. Angling roads due to the French settling Knox County makes it either the first or second easiest county in the state to get…

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    Hope Still Springs Eternal

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 17, 2011

    People have called in about poor yields. Others have told me about poor yields when I asked. Once in a while someone says the yield is better than they expected. But they almost always follow it with 'But's it's still two-thirds to three-fourths of what that field has made in the past.' Meanwhile, I've spent time with a family that lost the majority of their equipment and key storage and shop buildings in a fire. I've even seen the pictures of the fire on Christmas Eve morning last year, and…

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    Why Everyone Should Judge Soil

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 10, 2011

    I'm not an athlete. I was so uncoordinated that my only attempt at sports in my school days was eighth grade track. Everyone said, "Tom, you run fast going to the field after those cows, you should try out for track." So I did. They don't have black cinders in the pasture field- we didn't have a fancy track at Whiteland High School in 1966. We had a track made of cinders from burning coal in the boiler. Hey, some people still had pretty fast times on those cinders. But they did hurt if you…

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    No Shortage Of New Products To Buy

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 3, 2011

    If Mother Nature was kind to you this year, which may put you in the minority in Indiana, you may have a few dollars to spend on new machinery or products this year. Even if Mother Nature frowned heavily on your farm, if you had crop insurance, irrigation or just got lucky, it may still be a decent year on income. At least that's what Chris Hurt at Purdue University is reporting. If so, there are plenty of companies out there looking for a share of your farm budget. Many have introduced new…

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