Growing Pains

This is the first of my new Farming Simulator 19 series which, like Trucking Digest and Birdshot, will appear as and when 😉 Let me begin by saying that the farm that you saw images from in my last ‘Save Slot post has since been consigned to the recycle bin along with a couple of other early farms during my discovery period in this game. I learnt a lot from it and have started a bit differently this time – you’ll notice an absense of farmhouse in my shots from the current farm for example. Further down the series I’ll explain some of my starting decisions born out my early experiences. For now, I think we’ll take a look at a fairly typical day on Mill Valley Farm which comprises of fields 21 and 22 on this map…

Very early morning and it’s tipping down with rain – any plans on making an early start with harvesting are put on hold. Instead I make an early run to the farmers store for some essential supplies. We got Fertilizer, Seeds and Herbicide…

I need the herbicide to kill off some weeds growing in a crop of Barley which was in one of the fields I bought. At least weed-killing and fertilizing can be done in the wet…

Then it’s time to tidy away the machinery before breakfast – a place for everything and everything some place of the other 😉 At least the rain seems to have almost stopped…

With the sun drying the crops rapidly, we’re off to do some harvesting for neighbouring farms which earns us a payment for our time and the wear and tear on our machinery. We also get a share of the money from the crop – so it’s in our interest to make sure we don’t miss any. This is the first field and you can see what happens if you don’t deal with the weeds – it may be pretty but that crop of oats is going to be around 20% down on what it could have been…

These fields are larger than mine so it takes several runs with my trailer to deliver the harvested grains to the selling point…

On to the second field where the farmer has taken really good care of his Barley crop. I think that took 7 runs to the grain elevator before the job was complete. You really don’t want to be walking behind a Combine Harvester! …

Back to my own farm where I find that my newly sown Oat crop is growing nicely. I’ll have to prepare the other field by ploughing and adding lime in preparation for my other crop which I think will be Canola…

End of the day and it’s time to wash all the mud and dust off the equipment – we all like a shower after a long day’s work don’t we 🙂

More details about equipment and other choices in the next post.

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