• Tom Bechman

    Indiana Farmers Farm the Soils God Gave Them

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 27, 2010

    Have you ever heard the expression, 'Play the hand that God dealt you?' It certainly applies when it comes to the variation in soils within this one medium-sized state- Indiana. I do volunteer work and coach soil judging the six graders through seniors in Johnson County. I've got a big crop this year, with 21 judgers participating in practices and contests. We've been from Otterbein to Jasper, Ind., with stops near Morgantown and Franklin along the way. Before we're done, we'll check out soils…

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    Global Warming Debate at Purdue Without Ag?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 20, 2010

    Imagine my surprise when a press release came floating through the Ethernet into my email, announcing a symposium on Greenhouse Gases to be held at Purdue University. My first reaction was, wait a minute - who said greenhouse gases are a real topic? Not everyone has yet given credibility to the theory, especially after some fraud in emails between pioneering scientists was uncovered last winter. My second thought was, 'Why is the ag school acting like this is a done deal, and holding such an…

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    Here's a Tale of Pain and Mayhem You Won't Believe!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 13, 2010

    It's harvest season, and with all the climbing on and off equipment, working with augers and the like, it can be the season of minor cuts and bruises. Do yourself a favor. If after a day or two a cut or bruise is hurting more than it should, especially if it's swelling or getting feverish, seek help, even if it mans shutting the combine down if you're in the field.   I've just experienced a week of agony that I was sure due to a spider bite. At least that has some dignity - getting…

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    Learn How to Get the Most from Field Days

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 6, 2010

    I've already been to two field days, three counting the field day of all field days, the Farm Progress Show, held this year in Boone, Iowa. It returns next year to Decatur, Ill. But then it is in a class of its own. I was invited to the Select Seed Field Day in Camden. I won't go to a field day unless I think I can get a story out of it. I satisfied that requirement pretty quick. Someone from Bayer was talking about Votivo, a new product that suppresses nematodes. It will be ready to be coated…

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