South Dakota State is highly regarded for its agricultural research. In the northeastern part of South Dakota, farm stays for group tours are an option.
The South Dakota State Fair in Huron is one of the largest agricultural fairs left in the nation and communities throughout the state hold annual festivals with exhibitors and demonstrations to celebrate the harvest.
Tour opportunities begin in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city. Tour a manufacturer of GPS equipment for farm machinery and some tasty local wineries to whet your palate. Overnight in Sioux Falls.
Travel southwest to Freeman where some of your options include a livestock equipment manufacturer and a Hutterite colony. Next stop is Mitchell, home of the World’s Only Corn Palace and a large retailer of outdoor sporting goods. Dakotafest, held in mid-August, is one of the largest agricultural festivals in the state with opportunities to view and try out the latest in agricultural equipment. Overnight in Mitchell.
Travel west to Kimball, home of South Dakota’s Tractor Museum. Then head northwest to Pierre/Fort Pierre. Tour opportunities include an 18,000-acre wheat farm and the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center. While in the area, take time to tour the Oahe Dam, one of the largest rolled-earth dams in the world. Overnight in Pierre.
Start the day heading east to Wessington and visit a manufacturer of a wide variety of livestock equipment, everything from panels and gates to hay feeders and stock trailers. Continue east to De Smet, the "Little Town on the Prairie,” made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Finish out the day in Brookings, home of the State Agricultural Heritage Museum; McCrory Gardens, one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the United States; and South Dakota State University, well-known for its agricultural research facilities. Overnight in Brookings.
Start the day in Milbank, home of the Midwest Dairy Institute and see how education is a great promoter of the dairy industry. After filling your mind with ideas, fill your senses with a trip to a local cheese factory. Travel southwest to Watertown and visit an ethanol plant and a manufacturer of cabs and protective structures for agricultural equipment. Overnight in Watertown.
Travel south to Madison and visit a turn-of-the-century town with more than 40 historic buildings filled with period antiques. End your last full day with a trip to Garretson and marvel in the natural wonder of Palisades State Park. This locale will amaze you with its unique rock formations and wonderful natural scenery. Overnight in Sioux Falls.
Depart, happy trails to you! This is just a sampling of what South Dakota has to offer for agricultural tours. We can customize an itinerary to suit any interests and needs.