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Farm Management Tour Happens this WeekFarm Management Tour Happens this Week

Tour runs Wednesday and Thursday in Clinton County.

Tom Bechman 1

June 21, 2013

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Be sure to take in the Indiana Farm Management Tour in Clinton County this week. It begins at noon on Wednesday, June 26, at Jay Hawley's farm near Kirklin. Lunch will be available.

The tour will include an interview about history and management of the farm with Hawley and his family. The hog farmer has turned to local retail meat sales to add income over the past few years. There will also be mini-tours on various topics related to the farm.


The next stop is Hal and Ty Brown's farm near Mulberry. Their farm features a large crop operation, plus a vibrant side business selling corn heads. They operate the business out of the farm, and part of the huge new shop and toolshed is dedicated to the business. Their shop features a third story loft over the office area. They also have a large dike for fertilizer that is a good example of how to store fertilizer on the farm.

The evening program will be held at the Brown's, and is also the Indiana Master Farmer ceremony and panel discussion. The deadline for meal reservations for that program has already passed. Master Farmers will be featured on the Website after the program on Wednesday.

The next day includes stops at Gary and Larry Neal's farm near Frankfort and Jeff and Kent Need's farm, also near Frankfort. The Neal brothers and the next generation operate a large crop operation, and specialize in staying up to date on precision technology.

The Need farm features a nephew and his uncle, with the nephew working full-time off the farm but still managing the operation. This farm also cooperates with the local soil and water conservation district, and this year's plots will be discussed.

The tour concludes at Mike and David Beards' operation near Frankfort. Their main enterprises include finishing pigs on contract and operating a custom manure operation business.

Attend all or part of the driving tour. Contact your Extension office for details.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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