• Tom Bechman

    The Farm Progress Show is Still a Shining Star

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 26, 2013

    The tradition which began 60 years ago in 1953 still lives. Some leaders for Prairie Farmer Co. wanted to give advertisers a way to show off new equipment. The group held a show not knowing what to expect, and tens of thousands of people showed up in a cornfield. They watched tractors of the day pull plows, and learned what was new. It caught on and this week in Decatur, Ill., it's now the premier outdoor farm show in the country. Some 600 exhibitors will show their wares. Some will…

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    More Positives Than Negatives From Indiana State Fair

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 19, 2013

    The 2013 Indiana State Fair passes into history as the fair that helped re-establish the tradition of attending a great state fair. The lingering tragedy of 2011 when the grandstand stage collapsed plus 2012's unbearable heat did a number on the last two fairs. Unusually cool, favorable weather helped the 2013 version rebound in attendance and spirit. We're going to report our opinion here – observations made from what we saw and from people we talked with. This isn't a…

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    Will A Good Corn Year Slow Land Prices?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 12, 2013

    Purdue University just issued a report which claims that in a recent survey of bankers and farm managers, land values went up an average of 17% statewide in the past 12 months. Craig Dobbins, who helps conduct the survey, says that's staggering considering that drought produced drastic yield reductions. Farming isn't just about yield – it's also about price. Limited supplies nationwide drove corn and soybean prices higher last fall. Farm incomes went up. In fact…

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    What Will Indiana State Fair Be Like Next Year?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 5, 2013

    Everyone knows the 2013 Indiana State Fair is centered on life without the Coliseum. It's like the Colts playing football in the parking lot because Lucas Oil Stadium is being renovated. Well, maybe it's not that drastic, but having horse hitch shows in a new arena too small for anyone to be in to watch the shows, and holding the big draw livestock events in cramped quarters isn't exactly the way you would want a state fair to go. People who are coping assume this is a…

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