• Tom Bechman

    Restored Farm Machinery Reminds Us How We Got Here

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 27, 2012

    Anyone younger than 40 who spends the day driving a combine with auto-steering and a yield monitor with yield map this fall ought to plan a trip to the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village next summer. If he's in the combine cab, he's probably also checking markets on his phone. He may even have an 'App' that alerts him to market prices at various times during the day. One farmer in his 50's recently admitted he was getting 'soft' physically, not mentally. He just didn't do the hard work his…

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    Hoosiers Will Plant A Crop Again Next Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 20, 2012

    I get the impression there are many people who would like to wave their magic wand over this year's crops and have them disappear. Not everyone, mind you. Some people who caught just the right rains at just the right time will have excellent yields- but they're the exception this time, not the rule. The crop won't disappear, but the day after the combine runs through it, or the day after you mow or disk it down if it's truly worthless, that's the same day you start looking toward next year. If…

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    Healthy Today, Not Healthy Tomorrow: Who Knows What's Right?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 13, 2012

    Some 25,000 acres of high-oleic soybeans were grown in Indiana this year. The same soybeans were also grown in Ohio and Michigan. The Indiana soybeans will be processed after harvest at the ADM facility in Frankfort. The oil from all these soybeans will wind up in Plenish, a new soybean cooking oil, says Bob Kennedy, Senior Contract Manager for DuPont Pioneer. He expects the Indiana acreage to double next year, and will soon be ready to sign contracts with growers that state the premium they…

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    Old Tractor Provides Quite a Ride

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 6, 2012

    This column should probably be about the impact of the drought, where farmers can get help to survive, what to do with damaged crops or some related issue. You can find that in our daily items on the web, in the August issue or in the September issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer due out later this month. To be honest, I have drought fever, and that's not a good thing. I've heard, read, seen and written about it until I can't stand to write about it anymore, at least for this week. So instead I'm…

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