It’s the start of the second in-game day on the farm and our canola crop is now in full bloom……We have an early start planned. A trip to the shop to buy mowing and baling equipment for our new venture. Then it’s time to buy one of those small fields – I chose field 4 as it is conveniently close to my farm.

First into action is the mower. I’ve tried to keep the cost down and also to have a compact set-up for my small field. I bought the Pottinger Novacat 301ED for the front mounting. The Hire jobs have been pairing this with the New Holland Discbine for the rear mower but I find that a bit unwieldy so I went looking for the Pottinger equivalent as an alternative. The Novacat 302ED is no longer in the FS19 version of the game (it used to be in FS17) but fortunately it is available from the modhub. Total cost £26.5k……and now the advantage of having a tractor with front and rear power outputs is clear 🙂

After mowing it’s time to sweep the grass clippings into rows to make them easier for the Baling Machine to pick up. That’s the job of the Kuhn GA9531 Windrower……It’s quite a bulky item but fortunately it maneouvres quite well once you get the hang of it! That’s another £28k spent.

Then it’s time to do the baling. This is one area where I didn’t skimp. I could have purchased a New Holland baler and an Anderson wrapper for around £65k but I chose the all in one option of the Kuhn FBP3135. I already had experience of this machine from doing the hire jobs so I felt it was the right choice. It cost £76K. Here is a rear shot taken as it wraps a bale……You choose the colour of the wrap when you purchase the baler – I went with black because that seems to be one of the more popular colours here in the UK.

Finally it’s the turn of the Ursus autoload trailer. This is an essential for reliably collecting your bales – or there are two Anderson equivalents that cost a bit more but can carry more bales. My small field produced 5 bales which I took up the valley to the stables……where I sold them for £7599. It’s quite a big outlay for an initially small return but I then took a contract for a large field belonging to my neighbour paying £2869 and earned a further £5786 as my cut of the harvest. Doing contract work and buying myself another field should see this equipment paid for in a reasonably short time. Sometimes there’s even an unexpected bonus at the end of a contract job……I delivered 16 bales from the field at which point the contract was complete, so I get to keep the 17th bale 🙂

There are 3 levels of difficulty you can play this game at. New Farmer is the easiest giving you lots of money, some equipment and high prices for crops. Farm Manager which gives you a £1.25m starting budget with no land or equipment and middling price returns for your harvests – that’s the level I’m playing this save on. And then there’s the Start from Scratch level where you have only £500k and prices paid for crops are a pittance. It occurred to me that you could set yourself up with this equipment and two small fields in the hardest level and do reasonably well, at least on a map like this one where there are plenty of grass fields requiring mowing! I did a quick test of the theory in a different save and it is certainly possible.

Back on Oak Glen Farm it will soon be time to buy a Harvester for our crop – and then we’ll be able to take some harvesting jobs for other farmers too 🙂

I’m pushing on with progressing the farm in the hope of harvesting my first crop before the community event starts in Euro Truck Simulator because that will be a big timesink and I’ll probably have to put the farming to one side for a while. Since the last post I’ve caught up to where I was before I lost my gamesave. So to start this post, here’s my pristine crop in the first stage of growth……And some crows being shooed away 😉 As before, I did fertilize Mason’s field for nearly 10K while waiting for my crop to show through. Now they’re above ground, I have to fertilize my field once more to get the best yield. I won’t bore you with pictures of that action nor with two other fertilizing jobs for Mason in field 36 which between them earned me over 26k – the three jobs I’ve done for my fellow farmer have paid the cost of buying the spreader now! This ‘softly, softly’ approach, starting with small machines, a single unprepared field and only buying what I need, when I need, is working out well. I can’t remember when I’ve ever had so much money still in the bank at this stage and in terms of game time, we still have several hours of the first day left to work.

Next, I bought a trailer and pallet forks. I’ll need the trailer for when I harvest my crop but in the mean time I can use it to do some transport work. I chose to buy the MetalTech DBL8 trailer, which is one from the modhub……It’s not as big as I might need later but for my current field it should be fine. For the delivery work I’m running it without the sides – I’ll refit them when I get to harvest time. Here’s one delivery I’ve taken on……and here we are collecting the goods at the sawmill…

I decided to have another go at a baling job despite the bad experience of last time. I had a feeling that growing grass and making it into silage bales could be a good way to make money. In fact I had already been prospecting equipment and suitable fields to purchase. Mason owns field 32, which was one that I’d looked at, and wants it mowed. So I accepted that job using hired equipment. The mowing and baling went fine. Rather than struggle to collect the finished bales, I decided to buy the autoload trailer that I mentioned in the previous post – it’s in the modhub. I’ll be able to use it on any other baling jobs I take and if I do go down the road of owning grass fields for silage making, buying it now is an investment. Collecting went without a hitch. I took the bales to the Stables Barn to sell and my cut of the profit was £2641. Given that I’m getting a third of the harvest value, that meant that each bale was worth £1500 – definitely a good money maker given that the only out-goings on a grass field is a single fertilize after each mow! Of course, it will mean buying a lot of equipment to start up, but I can use that on baling jobs for other farmers too. Yepp – I must get into this line of business 🙂

By the time I’d done those deliveries and mowed the grass, it was getting late. An evening check on the crop revealed that weeds had sprung up after I did the second fertilizer run and I was going to have to do something about them. My preferred solution to a weed problem is the Hardi Mega 2200 – much better than taking an 8 iron to them 😉 So off to the shop to buy the sprayer and herbicide along with a larger weight to keep the tractor balanced. Then it’s time to spray…

That just about completed my first day’s work on the farm (game time is a funny thing). To end the day I washed down the equipment and the tractor……and put them all to bed. In the next post we’ll see how the crop is doing and make a start on silage making.