Hobo’s Hollow is a recent mod map for Farming Simulator 22. As the name suggests, it is a US map. To give myself some variety in my farming, I’ve decided to have a play on this map. Unlike Ferme du Vieux Chêne, this will not be a story series – just occasional posts of screenshots with basic commentary.

To set the scene, let me quote from the map mod homepage – “Welcome to Hobo’s Hollow 4x – enter the land that time forgot, where the weeds grow thick and the hobos roam free.” Clearly it is intended that we should have fun on this map 🙂 The 4x is an indication that the map is very large and therefore some of the fields will be very large too. However, there are lots of sensibly sized fields as well. Here’s a screenshot of the map…

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…You can see that many of the places where you sell your crops are located in the upper centre of the map. The default farm is located to the south in the lower right centre – you can see a tractor icon there. On New Farmer (Easy) mode, the default farm has 2 fields…

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…At the farm itself apart from the farmhouse you get a large modern metal shed in which there is a Deutz-Fahr harvester with cutter head and trailer…

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…There’s also a Bredal spreader. On the opposite side of the yard from the farmhouse is a large double silo and here there is a Massey-Ferguson 3670 Tractor and a Welger trailer…

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…In the centre of the yard is a large old wooden barn in which you’ll find a Fendt 511 tractor with front loader and pallet forks. There is also a Nordsten HK 25 + NS 3030 seeder and a Pöttinger Servo plough…

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…On the other side there is a John Deere 4755 tractor and a Rabe cultivator…

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The equipment supplied is adequate for starting work on your 2 fields, but they are the smallest fields on the map. If you want to work the larger fields around then you’ll probably be hiring equipment. I decided to change out a lot of the equipment straight away, partly because I wanted to use my own equipment where possible from the start and partly because I really wanted to stamp an American feel on the tractors I own for this game. In fact, I sold everything except the John Deere, the Pallet Forks and the Nordsten seeder. Meet our new tractor team, posing in front of the barn…

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…John Deere 4755 at 190HP, Case IH 1455 XL at 145HP and Ford 7810 with 105HP. The Ford is equipped for a front loader. I replaced the Deutz-Fahr with a Case 2144 harvester. The Welger trailer was replaced by a more robust Reisch model that can take twice the weight of crops. An Amazone ZG-B 6001 spreader replaced the Bredal and another Amazone product, the Cayron 200 plough replaced the Pöttinger. Finally, I replaced the small Rabe cultivator with their larger Sturmvogel which covers 6m at a time.

In addition to the equipment changes I added a washer and a basic maintenance facility to the farm. I intend to add a fuel tank as well when funds permit. I chose to try and make the farm self-sufficient in this respect because, although it may not be apparent from the map, it’s a very long way up the road to get to the dealer and garage.

Having started on New Farmer mode to keep the buildings in place at the farm I have now set the difficulty level to normal. I also deactivated the Precision Farming mod before starting as this will be farming in the traditional style. All of the changes I made to the equipment mean that I started the game with just 13000 in the bank rather than the usual 100000 – I guess I’d better get working then 😉

To finish, here are some shots of the tractors doing typical duties…

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In the next farming post, we will probably be back on Ferme du Vieux Chêne where something other than seed has recently been sown. We will have to take up the story once more to find out what we reap.