Monday, March 30, 2015

Rake, IA

Asmus Farm Supply, Inc

50245 40th Ave
Rake, IA 50465
Phone 641.566.3658
Fax 641.566.3777

Winter Hours 8 AM – 5 PM
In-Season 7 AM – 5 PM

Welcome to Asmus Farm Supply’s Rake location. We are located NE of the small town of Rake, 1/4 mile south of the Iowa/Minnesota border, straight north of Des Moines, IA. For detailed directions to this location, click here.

Our Rake location is set up to serve all of your seed and chemical needs. We are proud to have had a Pioneer Seed Dealership at this location since 1964. If you’re interested in learning more about what Pioneer has to offer, come talk to our Pioneer Pro Rep, Devin Helming. In 2005, we added a Soybean Seed Treater to the seed operation and offer that service to both our Pioneer and non-Pioneer customers. If you have questions on what seed treatment options fit your farm’s needs, give Zack a call.

Amsus Farm Supply carries and supports all major chemical manufacturer’s products. Our sales staff is highly trained and driven to help develop a customized crop protection plan for your operation. If you have questions throughout the year on the products we sell, we encourage you to call and ask. As Certified Crop Advisers, Harlan, Bil, Amy, Zack, and Jason are here to answer your questions or concerns as they come throughout the season.

We are setup to provide packaged or bulk products to match your farm’s needs. We have a large supply of mini-bulk tanks available to our customers to meet the growing needs of today’s operations.

Unlike most retailers, we do not provide custom application services. If you are in need of someone to make custom ground or aerial applications, we have a list of quality custom applicators that fall within our sales geography. Please contact us if interested.

AFS Rake Staff

Harlan Asmus – C.C.A, Owner, Director of Purchasing and Sales

Harlan is a 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.  He has held various job titles since starting with the company, including Warehouse assistant, seed sales, crop consultant, CCA agronomist, purchasing agent, and chemical programs administration.  Harlan is now the company President.  He manages product procurement and pricing for the chemistry department.   He also spends considerable time nurturing relationships with manufacturing suppliers.  He encourages integrity-based relationship selling amongst the staff.  Harlan and his wife Amy are the parents of three children.

Amy Asmus – C.C.A, Owner, Specialty Crops, Office Manager, Branch Location Manager

Amy holds a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and is a Certified Crop Advisor. She helps with general sales and is in charge of specialty crop sales. Amy also works closely with AFS, Inc’s company owned location in Estherville, IA and branch locations in Bancroft, IA, Manly, IA, Willow Lake, SD, Okabena, MN, and Fulda, MN. Amy was raised near the Quad Cities and came to northern Iowa after her marriage to Harlan in 1987.

004Wayne Rom – CFO

Wayne Rom started with Asmus Farm Supply, Inc. in November of 2013.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of North Dakota.  In his 30 year career he has worked for agricultural related companies as large as Fortune 500 companies and as small as Ag Cooperatives.

Wayne has held such roles as Staff Accountant, Internal Auditor, Controller, CFO, Director of Information Technology, General Manager and CEO in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail.

Over the past 10 years, he has focused on completing financial turn-around situations and strategic planning with organizations experiencing large growth and mergers.

Wayne currently resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  In the near future, he and his wife, JoAnn, will be relocation to the Rake, Iowa area.  They have two children along with six grandchildren who live in the Twin Cities area.  In his spare time, Wayne enjoys woodworking, competitive racquetball, and a little golf.

Bil Schrader – C.C.A, Sales Agronomist/Seed Manager

Bil has been with AFS since 1999 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin/River Falls. Bil was raised on a family farm near Easton, MN which he lives on and continues to operate today. Before working at AFS, Bil had several years of experience in seed, chemical, and fertilizer sales. Bil manages our Channel/Nutech seed business as well as selling crop protection products.

Zack Smith – C.C.A., Seed Treatment/Sales Agronomist

Zack has been with AFS since 2005 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. Zack was raised on a family farm near Buffalo Center, IA and continues to be a part of that operation today. Before working at AFS, Zack worked for a regional seed company as a farm operations manager for their 2200 acre corn and soybean seed farm. Along with general sales duties, Zack is in charge of our Seed Treatment business.

Jason Christensen – Sales Agronomist

Jason started with AFS in January of 2010. Jason grew up on a family farm near Ringsted, IA and continues to play an active role in the operation today. Prior to working at AFS, Jason worked for an independent retailer in Aberdeen, SD selling seed and chemical. He is a 2007 graduate of South Dakota State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy. When not working on the farm or at AFS, he enjoys hunting and fishing.


Spencer Weir – Plant Nutrition Manager, Sales Agronomist

Spencer came to Asmus in February of 2010. Spencer heads up the Plant nutrition sales department. His extensive background in plant nutrition and education from University Of Wisconsin at River Falls brings tremendous value to the Asmus plant nutrition sales department. If you have questions or need assistance with your plat nutrition needs, please feel free to give Spencer and the Asmus team a call.

DevinDevin Helming, CCA – Head of Pioneer Seed Sales

Devin joined AFS in January of 2009.  He is a Certified Crop Advisor, and his role includes managing the Pioneer Pro Rep Agency, and also represents Pioneer Crop Insurance.   Devin attended Iowa State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy.   Prior to that Devin worked 6 years at an Agribusiness company that included experience both in retail, and at the corporate headquarters.  Also he spent 5 years working in the financial services industry in the Twin Cities.

Devin is married to Sarah, and together they have 3 boys.  One of his favorite things to do is cheer on his boys in their many activities, both as a fan, and a coach.

Nate Eitzmann – Agronomist, Chemicals Division

Nate joined Asmus Farm Supply in the Fall of 2012 from his agronomy position in eastern Nebraska. He will be rounding out our chemical sales and support division with Harlan and his team. If you have questions or need assistance with your ag chemical needs, please feel free to give Nate and the Asmus team a call.

Cody Wirtjes – Agronomist

Cody Wirtjes started with Asmus Farm Supply in February of 2012 where he was able to see, first hand, the drought conditions and consult directly with Asmus clients on conditioning for challenging production conditions. Cody’s expertise in agronomy has made him a valuable asset to the Asmus team.  If you have questions or need assistance with challenging agronomy issues, please feel free to give Cody and the Asmus team a call.

Pat Kahler – Executive Assistant

Pat joined the Asmus team in the Summer of 2012 with a broad knowledge of systems administration and support for agribusiness environments. His duties for the Asmus team will cover all administrative needs for the leadership team as well as coordination of communications between the Asmus’ and their wide-reaching sales force and client base.

Carole Kettwick – Accounting & Office Manager

Carole Kettwick joins the Asmus team with a refreshed background in finance and accounting. After years in the public / educational sector, Carol went back to school to get her business degree and an accounting / management minor. Her excitement for the future and her career at Asmus is fresh and we look forward to having her as part of the Asmus family.


New AnnaAnna Balvance – Sales Agronomist

Anna graduated from Iowa State University in December of 2012. She received a degree in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, with Animal Science and International Ag minors. While at Iowa State, Anna participated in a research project at the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy and interned for Monsanto’s Government Affairs team in Washington, D.C. Anna grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Amboy, MN and is currently living in Buffalo Center, IA with her husband at his family’s grain and livestock farm.  In her free time, she enjoys watching the Minnesota Twins and Iowa State Football. Her hobbies include playing the violin, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.


  Corey Williams – Warehouse Foreman

Corey started at AFS in early 2005 and has been a valuable addition to our warehouse staff. In the fall of 2006 he became our Warehouse Foreman for this location. Corey is extremely knowledgeable and handy when it comes to service the many bulk tanks and pumps that we provide our customers. Call and ask for Corey if you have problems with tanks or pumps during the season and he will do his best to get you running again.

Arnie Roth – Warehouse/Trucking

Arnie has been with AFS since the Fall of 2002. He is our truck driver responsible for making early season chemical deliveries as well as Corey’s right-hand man in the warehouse when he’s not on the road. Arnie also knows a great deal about servicing the tanks and pumps that we provide our customers. His enthusiasm makes him an asset here at AFS.


TroyTroy Armstrong – Head of Maintenance and Janitorial Duties

Troy started at AFS in February of 2012. He is responsible for Maintenance, and Janitorial duties around the Rake facility. In his spare time he is the Mayor of Buffalo Center. He also has been involved with the Buffalo Center Ambulance since 1988. He is married to Sue, and they have a son named Spencer. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing cards with the family.



Jordon N.Jordan Newton – Warehouse

Jordan joined the AFS warehouse team in the spring of 2013. He strives to provide good customer service and promptness in filling orders. He enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, and hunting.

Jordan and his wife Sarah have two daughters, Madelynn, and Bailey. They enjoy watching them grow up and learn new things every day.



Nick cropNick Haugen – Warehouse

Nick joined the AFS warehouse team in the Spring of 2013.  He looks forward to working with the customers, getting to know them and promptly filling their orders  in a timely manner.  Nick married his wife Halie in the spring of 2013.  Together they bought a house and live in Buffalo Center.  He enjoys being active in whatever he does, especially in the outdoors.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and shooting.  He looks forward to having a long and positive career with the company.



Harvey Asmus – Founder 1928 – 2006

Harvey grew up on the family farm that our facility is located on today. After serving in the Korean War, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He returned home to Rake and started selling chemicals in 1960 and began selling Pioneer Seed in 1964. Harvey built a successful business based on lifelong relationships with his customers. That ideal continues to be the cornerstone for our business today.

Carol Asmus

Carol has supported AFS in one way or another since its creation in the fall of 1960. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. She has retired from her duties with AFS. She presently lives in Mankato, MN.