SFG The Early Years

Lyman and Jeanne Smith married in 1945 and started the quest to farm and raise a family in Marion County Iowa. In 1972, together with two of their children, Max and John, the family corporation of Smith Fertilizer and Grain was established. In 1973, an 82,000-bushel bin was built, a commercial grain dryer added, and a liquid fertilizer blender was installed to blend NPK to be applied in a single pass.

Soon more grain storage was added and the first Terragator high flotation applicator was introduced to custom apply fertilizer and chemicals. As it does now, SFG had the most state of art equipment for the trade area, allowing business to progress to where it is at today.

In 1993 the Pleaseantville location was added and is home to deicing and road maintenance operations. Albia was added in 2006 and is the distribution center for all bagged and bulk grind and mix feed. Centerville was added in 2007 and was expanded to include a bulk fertilizer mixing plant and NH3 storage.

Since our inception, grain storage for SFG has grown to over four million total bushels, and liquid storage to over one million gallons.
Knoxville Location Image The orginal location of SFG was founded in 1972 and continues to serve the area with a focus on customer service,
Pleasantville Location Image In 1993, Max & Sharon added the Pleasantville facility to our Knoxville location to serve the growing needs of customers.
Albia Location The Albia location was added in 2006 and is our home base for all grind and mix feed operations supplying all our locations.
Centerville Location Image The Centerville location was added in 2007, later adding an anhydrous and dry fertilizer facility.

Lyman passed in 2000, but his passion was carried on by the Smith Family to provide the best possible service to our friends, neighbors, and valued customers. Max and Sharon’s sons Jason, Charles, and Kyle joined the agronomy and feed business, while John and Nancy’s sons Brent and Kevin joined the farming and hog operations.

As we enter the year 2020 the third generation of the Smith family will continue to assume Leadership roles in the family run business.


Agronomy Sales & Service, Feed Mill, Grain
805 IA-5
Albia, Iowa 52531
Agronomy Sales & Service, Anhydrous Ammonia, Feed, Grain
1605 S 24th St
Centerville, Iowa 52544
Administration Office, Agronomy Sales & Service, Anhydrous Ammonia, Bagged Feed, Grain
1650 Quebec St
Knoxville, IA 50138
Agronomy Sales & Service, Anhydrous Ammonia, Bagged Feed, Dry Fertilizer, Grain
702 E Jasper St
Pleasantville, Iowa 50225