• Tom Bechman

    Weathermen Need To Go Back to School

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 29, 2012

    Beginning Oct. 20, weathermen began to talk about how the next week would feature Indian summer, a phenomenon that typically occurs in October, and signals the last good stretch of weather before fall and reality take over. There's just one problem. The typical definition of Indian Summer, according to Jim Newman, retired ag climatologist at Purdue University, is a series of days that feature blue skies, a few wispy clouds perhaps, and unseasonable warm temperatures. We got the warm…

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    Use Lessons From 2012 As You Shoot For Top Yields in 2013

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 22, 2012

    It's unlikely anyone will go into 2013 basing what they do on exactly what happened in 2012. That would be defying the odds. There's a chance that 2013 could be like 2012, but it's about one in 25 or maybe one in 50 or even one in 75. It could happen next year, and it may not happen for another 75 years. What seems like the better strategy to us is to take lessons learned form 2012, add them to lessons learned from every other year that you have raised crops, and proceed down the same path you…

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    Cover Crops Are Catching Fire In Indiana

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 15, 2012

    Right now you have to look for it. The cover crops are still coming up, and may be hard to distinguish from young corn sprouting from grain left in the field. It was a tough year to harvest corn, and it only takes a small amount of grain sprouting to make a field look green this time of year. Soon that will be gone courtesy of Jack Frost, if it isn't already. What will be left if it's green will be cover crops. You're not going to find them on every farm. But from all indications you're going…

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    Environment Held All the Aces in Indiana This Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 8, 2012

    The more I talk to Hoosiers in different parts of the state, the more it's obvious that whether you had good corn, poor corn or no corn at all basically came down to when it rained, how much it rained and what soil types you had in the field. When you planted and which maturity you planted, both corn and soybeans, made some difference, but the overshadowing factors were rainfall or lack of it, coupled with the soil type supporting the crop. Here are the observations of one farmer. I've heard…

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    Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Indiana This Fall

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on October 1, 2012

    My youngest daughter, Kayla, is a senior in high school. I accompanied her on a campus visit to Purdue recently. Yes, she's been there dozens of times and knows she wants to go to college there, she just doesn't know in what. Oh, the challenges and yet fantastic opportunities youth have today. At one point during the day as we walked between buildings, she caught me off guard. "Look, dad, they're changing," she said, pointing toward a tree. I don't hear so well right now due to an ear…

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