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  History  02/13/12 3:40:57 PM

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Sand Seed Service Inc.

Celebrating over 80 years in the Seed Business

Sand Seed Service, Inc. was founded in 1932 by John Sand, beginning a three-generation tradition. Aggressive promotion of farm seeds led to the construction of Sand’s first seed conditioning plant in 1947 by Sand and his sons Merle, Bob, Ray and Paul and son-in-law Bill Horstman.

A modern concrete grain storage and load-out elevator was built in 1972. This elevator was expanded in 1975 and 1976. In addition, the 70’s and early 80’s marked the growth of Sand's jumbo hopper car fleet to a total of 38.

Throughout the years, seed has been the backbone of the organization. Sand Seed Service produced, packaged and sold certified seed oats and public soybean varieties in the four-state area, as well as servicing the food bean export market. The organization also produced and conditioned seed for several other companies on a contract basis.

Following a complete remodeling of the seed plant in 1980, Sands introduced their own brand of farm seeds, SOI Brand Soybean seed. The new SOI brand seed is distributed through a dealer marketing network. Two years later, a new state-of-the-art soybean seed conditioning plant was built in 1984.

Growth in the late 1990's and early 2000's marked a new period of construction. Sand's warehouse facility was doubled and eight new seed storage bins were also constructed to accommodate increasing demand.

Today, SOI brand encompasses soybeans, alfalfa, small grain and grass seeds marketed to producers in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska under the leadership of President Charles Sand.

Iowa Fertilizer Sales

In 1960, Sand Seed Service remodeled a wooden storage structure into the first bulk fertilizer plant in Northwest Iowa. This was the start of Iowa Fertilizer sales

Today, a new dry fertilizer blend plant is in operation, anhydrous ammonia and farm chemicals are sold to local producers along with a full line of services.

Ed Sand, son of Merle Sand, is president of Iowa Fertilizer Sales.

Sand Seed Service and our employees are proud of the accomplishments over the past 80 years and enjoy working and living in Cherokee County, Iowa. We are especially proud to call the community of Marcus home.
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