Autumn is nearly over in the Haut-Beyleron region. It’s the first week of November and the leaves are golden. I’ve been filling in time working for other farmers as I wait for my crop of Soya Beans to ripen. My equipment list has grown as I reinvested my earnings to widen the range of work I can do with my own equipment. I bought a Lemken cultivator and put that to work as an alternative to ploughing when there are no fertilizer jobs…

The nights are drawing in and the sun rises later each day. I start and finish in the dark most days now…

…with the moon and the tractor lights to help me see as I clean off the equipment.

I’ve also tried my hand at sowing some wheat for a neighbour using hired equipment…

…A chance to try out one of the John Deere tractors and a Kuhn seeder combo. I decided that this job option wasn’t as well paying as I’d like but I will be trying my hand at some harvesting for neighbours too – hopefully that will have a better pay-to-time balance.

Finally, my beans are ready to harvest…

… so I buy myself the only harvester I can afford – the ancient New Holland TX32…

…and I set about harvesting the crop…

…It’s not a huge harvest but it’s a start. Prices are not very good at this time of the year…

…so although I need money, I’ve taken advantage of the railway company’s storage. I’ll sell next year in June or July.

Parking is becoming a difficulty now with tractor, trailer, plough, cultivator, spreader and harvester – the TX32 is going to have to sit on the grass between the trees over winter…

Meanwhile I need to carry on doing chores for the neighbours and the cycle continues into the start of winter. Work late…

…and start early…

This was an update on my farm in Haut-Beyleron. As you can see, the farm now has a name – Old Oak Farm in English😎 As I play, I’m learning how FS22 differs from FS19 in some areas that are not immediately apparent. I think the financial situation for players starting from scratch is harder and the cost of repairs to your equipment seems to ratchet up quickly. The tractor is only 3-months old but it can be quite expensive to repair – I had one bill for over €2000. I’ve found it best to repair often as this keeps the bills manageable. At the moment I’m working towards buying another field with space for a shed but making the money is proving a struggle. If you don’t want to grind away at the game I think you should start in New Farmer or Farm Manager mode as these will be easier. That’s my update for now. More from Ferme du Vieux ChĂȘne soon 👍