While I’ve been working the crop has been through its flowering cycle and has set seed. By midday it is ready to harvest! The speed that crops grow and ripen in Farming Sim requires the player to suspend belief but if they reached ready to harvest state in normal time it would be a pretty boring game. Frankly, the game is mainly about playing with farm equipment and the plants and animals are really only there to provide a reason to do so 😉 And, the crop being ready to harvest means it’s time to buy myself a Harvester. The vehicle will again be small and I’m keeping a tight grip on the budget. Much as I would like to buy the Claas Tucano again (see the first post in the original series) I can’t justify the cost. John Deere were also over the budget I was prepared to pay. I narrowed it down to three possibilities – two are vehicles from the modhub and one was a bonus addition to the game with the Claas Platinum Pack.
The New Holland TC5.90 which has a 5.5m header and a 258HP engine. This was the most expensive at £185k for Harvester and Head. When I factored in the higher horse power which was desirable for working some of the fields in the valley, I felt that the TC5.90 was worth the slightly higher price over the other harvesters. Here it is parked outside the dealer…
Best price for Canola was being offered at the Hill Top Stores. Another reason for only using a small trailer with my 150HP Fendt – it’s a tough climb to get up there……and deliver the seed to their silo……But the 12000l brought a nice income of £13553. There was a further 1250l which I took back to our own silo for storage.
We have £412k in the bank and I can probably think about starting to pay back the £250k loan. But I would like a Tedder to allow me to make hay from grass. I probably need to buy another field either for grass or for other cash crops. Then there are the Chickens – can I start rearing them yet? While the crop cycle may happen at an unholy gallop, the game certainly gives you lots of decisions to make! Finally, I have to decide what crop to sow in my freshly cultivated field – We’ll find out about some of these things in my next post. Plough on regardless Folks 🙂