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July 18, 2013

No slowing down this farmer

Farmer still going strong almost 65 years after he first climbed on combine


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — All these years later, Milleville said he doesn’t think there’s anything about the lifestyle he doesn’t like.

“My grandmother used to say ‘happiness is not doing what you like to do, but liking what you have to do,’ “ Milleville said.

Wendt, who owns Morning-Dale Farms, rents the 50-acre field (Milleville contends it’s 48 acres) to Milleville Farms.

“It’s the best field I’ve ever owned,” Wendt said of the property he purchased after his original property was taken by eminent domain to make way for Niagara County Community College.

Milleville is pleased with this year’s crop.

“This year has been real good,” Milleville said, noting he’s getting about 80 bushels per acre. That’s 2,150 cubic inches. “I used to think that 60 bushels (per acre) was good.”

With the winter wheat harvested, the field will remain empty for the rest of the year. It will be tilled in the fall and in 2014 a different crop will be planted. Milleville said next year the field might host soybeans, oats or corn.

Wendt first rented out his field to the Millevilles a few years ago. He said it’s been 8-10 years; Milleville said 4-5 years. The two seemed to counter each other’s claims about everything, but they have a mutual respect for each other.

“They’ve been very good to me,” Wendt said.

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