By Ann Wickett
“There’s seldom any gray area when it comes to farming,” said Russ Eltiste Sr., of Tecumseh, who has been farming for 47 years. He first started farming in partnership with his father, Dale Eltiste. Russ and his dad, decided to end this partnership about 1 ½ years later. “We decided to end the partnership before we got to the point where we wouldn’t talk to each other,” Eltiste said. In 1971, Russ and his wife, Carolyn, purchased the farm where they currently live at 721 Road and 613 Avenue. Eltiste currently farms 760 acres of cropland plus renting out other farmland and pastureland.