It’s amazing how fast things can move when you apply yourself – which translates as spending most of my gaming time in Farming Simulator 19. Buying the Massey-Ferguson 7726 and the new plough dragged our working balance of cash down to around £30k and I’ve been busy trying to recover the situation. It didn’t help that I had to cultivate, fertilize and sow my fields – that all costs money although I fortunately had lots of seed at the farm so that wasn’t going to add to the expense.
To enable the expansion of field 4, I took advantage of the chance to buy the ‘deadspace’ areas of the map. These are those places that don’t form part of the buyable fields and in this map come for free. Here’s a look at the map with the deadspace highlighted in blue……There’s a lot of potential there if you want to use it and buying that land gives you full access. I prefer to only use it where it’s logical to do so like the areas around field 4. I identified the area between the chicken coop and the neighbouring farmers field as a place where I could legitimately harvest the grass – in fact, owning the chicken coop gives me half that area anyway. So I mowed the grass to boost my silage bale count with the offered price rising……I subsequently mowed field 32 and with all the bales captured, that was £33k back in the bank 🙂
I found myself with everything done that I could do pending harvesting those fields. So some time to choose what I should do next. There are a couple of things I would like to get into. I’d like to do either Sunflowers or Corn as a crop – that means buying some new equipment. I’d also like to get into Sheep – that means building a sheep pen and having lots of grass and hay available. The original field could actually house a sheep pen and provide a good source of grass but I’m not sure if that would be enough and with each sheep costing £1500 the price of setting up would be quite high. Must get more money in the bank!
So that’s why I’m driving this beast……I’ve taken a contract for harvest some sugar beet and I’ve leased the ROPA Panther. This was going to earn me £18k but it was also going to be a very long job! I was complaining about Grind a couple of posts back – well this is even worse than ploughing……There’s just a huge expanse of green that we have to harvest and the machine only cuts a tiny swathe at a time 😦 And the trailer they leased me had to do 10 trips to take it all to the store…
This was a nightmare of a job and in the end, as I reached that point where my concentration had been dulled, I saw the Contract Finished note appear on screen. And that’s when I screwed up – I should have taken the last load to the sell point – I should have taken any left over sugar beet to my own silos. But I clicked on the Complete button and cost myself a potential £12k bonus 😦 That’s what happens if you get stuck into a job like this one and you take your eye off the ball to the point where you’re just pleased to see it’s done. Such is life – I’m at least £18k to the good and the bank balance is £112k. I’ve got those 4 crops to harvest very soon and then I can look at trying something new 🙂