Iowa farm supply dealership relies on Schweiss quality hydraulic door
Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa decided on a 32’ wide Schweiss hydraulic door to provide a nice shaded canopy and 20’ tall clear opening height to move his large farm equipment in and out of his new storage building.
In the late 1950’s, Harvey Asmus introduced a new way to farm. Chemical weed control was not a foreign concept, but it certainly wasn’t adopted by the masses who still believed in cultivating just like they always had. Regardless, Asmus believed in the future of farming and stood with his clients from planting through harvest and made a commitment to helping their operation succeed. Within the first decade of it’s existence, his Asmus Farm Supply business flourished in the new era of farming.
Asmus grew up on the family farm in north central Rake, Iowa where the Asmus Farm Supply (AFS) facility is located today. After serving in the Korean War, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He then returned home to Rake and in 1960 began selling chemicals and later selling Pioneer Seed in 1964. He started out small where his office was the kitchen table in the house and he built a successful business based on lifelong relationships with his customers.
That ideal continues to be the cornerstone for the business today with Harvey’s son, Harlan, now the second-generation manager of the family business. He joined AFS in 1987 after graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Business Management degree. Harlan didn’t start at the top; beginning from the ground up, he held various job titles at the company such as warehouse assistant, seed sales, crop consultant, CCA agronomist, purchasing agent and chemical programs administration before working up to the position of company president where he now manages 35 employees.
Company founder, Harvey Asmus, introduced a new way to farm in the late 1950s when the majority of farmers were still cultivating their crops. His son, Harlan, is now president of Asmus Farm Supply, with locations in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
The Asmus family still continues to farm in addition to owning the chemical distribution business. The farming entity, separate from the business, raises corn and soybeans and manages a cow/calf herd. Harlan and his wife, Amy, have two boys and a daughter-in-law that also are employed with the company. Amy is very involved and very instrumental in external relations for the company. She speaks at industry events and works in Washington, D.C. on behalf of agriculture.
“Asmus Farm Supply, Inc. consists of four departments put together under one umbrella. They are sales of multiple brands of corn and soybean seed, seed treatment, crop protection chemicals and plant nutrition products. We are only liquid plant nutrition; no dry. Our approach to fertilizing crops is that our facilities blend on-the-fly special recipes according to soil tests and what the crop needs for that field; so it’s very specific by fields. We have five blending facilities that do that around the country” explained Asmus.
Asmus Farm Supply in Rake now has a new 200’ x 100’ fleet maintenance steel building used to house and service their farm delivery fleet of trucks. semis and other company vehicles. Built by Lembke Construction of Albert Lea, Minn., it has a Schweiss hydraulic 32’ x 20’ door on the south sidewall. A hydraulic door was ordered to take full advantage of clear opening height of the 24’ tall building. Asmus Farm Supply has Schweiss bifold doors at three of their other locations. Those locations include, Estherville and Manly, Iowa and Fulda and Okabena, Minnesota. In addition, they support independent sales representatives across Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska to provide growers with quality products and service outside of the company owned locations.
As a side note, Harlan’s father, Harvey, sold Harold Schweiss lawnmowers back in the 1980s as a Schweiss dealer. Some of those mowers are still being used today. The Schweiss hydraulic door was recommended by Cody Lembke.
“The way we think is not in terms of totality, but in terms of working hard, serving customers well, keeping our nose to the grindstone and whatever happens, happens,” said Asmus. “I can tell you we have an internal goal and vision for the company in 2025 of being twice the size of what it is today. We’re not done growing, we strive for growth but are we surprised of where we are today? No, because we’ve been working for that.”
Asmus Farm Supply started out small from a kitchen table office in Harvey’s house and a 24’ x 24’ storage building. A 32’ x 20’ Schweiss hydraulic door was placed on their new steel storage building sidewall. The sidewall door provides easy access as a maintenance facility for its fleet of trucks, semi’s and other company vehicles.
Asmus Farm Supply
Asmus Farm Supply was founded on family. Without the support it took from family members, company founder Harvey Asmus, said they wouldn’t be where they are today. The Asmus farm and business has been family-owned and operated for the last three generations and is now headed by Harvey’s son Harlan. When you walk in their door, know that you will be treated like family with a warm welcome. A majority of farms are multi-generational and they know the value that each individual holds when it comes to making an operation run.
Asmus Farm Supply has five company-owned locations. The home office is located in north-central town of Rake, Iowa on the Minnesota border. Those locations include, Rake, Estherville and Manly, Iowa and Fulda and Okabena, Minnesota. In addition, they support independent sales representatives across Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska to provide growers with quality products and service outside of the company-owned locations.
Their agronomists are always available for questions throughout the year and will sit down and work with you to put together a customized plan that will best fit your needs and goal. They also handle all rebate programs. AFS is there to back up all their products if they don’t perform to industry standards in your fields.
At Asmus Farm Supply, selling is more than just price. They commit to building personal relationships with each of their customers through face-to-face business and to listen to their production problems, following through with product knowledge to recommend a program that is tailored to farmers needs.
Whether you’re looking for seed treatment, precision technology or just food plot seed for hunting season, Asmus Farm Supply has products to fit your needs. All of their locations are equipped to meet your chemical and seed needs with state-of-the-art facilities staffed with knowledgeable and professional certified CCA Agronomists.
AFS also has resources available to guide you through the seasons, such as: Weekly agronomy updates, corn and soybean field guides, weed identification guides, scouting guides and more. They live by the motto, “Consulting Clients With Sustainable Recommendations to Maximize Production.”
AFS is laid on the foundation of giving quality and sustainable recommendations for their growers to not only continue being stewards of the land, but stewards to neighbors while helping you maximize your yield and crop potential.
Each year, Asmus Farm Supply donates to groups and organizations across Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. They also support many charitable organizations in and around their AFS locations.
Lembke Construction has provided custom home, condominium, and renovation construction services throughout Southern Minnesota and parts of Iowa for more than 60 years. While delivering innovative, quality construction throughout the building process, their team also strives to provide a level of customer service that is simply unparalleled in the building industry. The mission at Lembke Construction is to give each and every customer 100 percent satisfaction.
Their dedicated team will listen to your specific needs, guide you toward the wisest decisions, and make your vision your own, ensuring you receive the home or building of your dreams. They will take your own ideas and design your new building to reflect your individual tastes. They work hard to form close relationships with clients based on honest communication to ensure they fully understand the needs and wants of the individual.
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It stands tall, nearly 40' to the roof line. It's big, like 120' x 200'. Concrete walls standing 16' tall wrap all four sides of this huge structure. And it holds nearly 1 million bushels of corn. We're talking about the huge feed storage structure at Revier Cattle Company, a beef operation with feedlot capacity of about 16,000 head. But what makes this feed storage especially unique are two steel hydraulic doors, each 15' 6" wide and 15' tall and positioned at both ends of this feed storage structure. Read More And See A lot More
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