• Tom Bechman

    Garden Exhibits Reveal a Lot About This Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 26, 2011

    I traveled to Danville to judge some garden crops a couple weeks ago, then to Lebanon the week after. One thing noticeable was that there wasn't as many vegetables as in some years, especially at Lebanon. It was the first clue if you just arrived from Mars that there is something a little bit different about the weather this year. Number one it was very wet early. So that meant cool-season crops didn't go out on time. They include cabbage and broccoli. Ironically, that may have helped a young…

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    Some Things Just Aren’t That Important

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 18, 2011

    One of the neat parts of my job is to devleop relationships with people, often farmers and their families, over time. Sometimes it's through Master Farmers or interviews for tours, sometimes it's through some of the 4-H judging I do. This particular column was inspired by a trip to Franklin County a few days ago. I had to get up in the morning, feed the ewes, get my ailing mother who lives with us out of bed, get frustrated at a road closing - all the typical things I sometimes get frustrated…

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    FFA and 4-H Teach Lessons, Win or Lose

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 11, 2011

    Is it an honor and a tremendous opportunity to be selected as one of the seven Indiana FFA state officers and serve Indiana's nearly 10,000 members for a year? You bet. It's a life-changing experience for many. But it can also be a life-changing experience if you don't make the office, but yet in a good way. The other night at a county fair I judged one table down from a young lady who ran for state office just a few years ago. She worked hard, and wanted the office very badly. She was…

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    I'm Proud of my Generic Garden Tractor

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 4, 2011

    I once started pricing out a rotary cutter piece by piece at a dealership for a story to show how much more it would cost you to buy an item part by part. Obviously, most companies hope the parts business is a profit center. When I got past the cost of a new cutter and wasn't even halfway through the parts list yet, I gave up and considered it a lost cause- I'd made my point. I have a garden tractor, an inexpensive one about a dozen years old, I use more as a mini-farm tractor, pulling a…

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