Nut and Hop Production Tours Aug. 4 in Yankton

South Dakota Specialty Producers Association
Farm Forum

YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has coordinated upcoming farm tours to feature the production of nuts and hops on Aug. 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. C.T. in rural Yankton, S.D.

The first tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. C.T. at Ausborn’s Tree Nut Grove, located at 31041 434th Ave., Yankton, S.D, near the corner of 434th Ave. and Kaiser Rd. Darrell and Martha Ausborn will present ‘Growing Nuts in South Dakota,’ and provide a tour of their hazelnut, English and black walnut, heartnut, butternut, Chinese chestnut and pecan plantings.

Participants will then travel to 6th Meridian Hop Farm at 4200 Alphonse Rd., Yankton, S.D. Lunch prepared with locally produced foods will be available for purchase from Counterfeit Curbside Food Truck.

At 12:15 p.m. Michelle Donner and Ryan Heine will present ‘Growing Hops in South Dakota’ and provide a tour of their hop yard and processing facility. The event will include oasting, baling and pelleting demonstrations and will feature an additional discussion on late season mildew management with Katie Kreuser, Hop Program Coordinator with University of Nebraska Extension.

At 4:00 p.m., following the educational sessions, participants are invited to attend a social hour with local food and beer available for purchase at the open beer garden and food truck.

The public is invited to these free tours. Local producers, chefs, consumers and organizations involved in local or specialty foods are encouraged to attend. Bring your family and enjoy the day learning about how these crops are produced. Participants may attend one or both sessions. No registration is required.

Please note that chefs can receive 2.00 CEH’s for participating in the first tour and an additional 2.0 CEH’s for the 2nd tour. Master Gardeners are eligible for earning continuing education hours.

You will be a guest on tour hosts’ property, so please use common sense and follow directions. You come at your own risk.

The event is sponsored by SDSPA in partnership with SDSU Extension, the American Culinary Federation-Black Hills Chapter of Professional Chefs, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, and the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Additional tours featuring niche and specialty crops are schedule this season across the state. The next tours are schedule for Aug. 19 near Belle Fourche, S.D., featuring small-scale farming and honey making and extraction and Sept. 8 near Brandon, S.D., featuring eggs, mushrooms and microgreens. For a full listing of events visit or

For more information contact SDSPA at 605-681-6793 or