The farming goes on following the natural cycle of harvest, prepare, sow, fertilize and harvest again. Manor Field (13) has produced a good crop of wheat which I harvested yesterday……That’s all gone into a silo for the time being while I wait for prices to rise. I tapped off some for the Chickens. After harvesting a grain crop there’s always a great Straw harvest to be collected too……That’s £8k sitting there!

Ale House Field produced a good crop of Corn and now needs ploughing. I sold the first trailer load of 17000l for nearly £15k and put the rest in my grain silo where it joined the residue from helping out harvesting Corn in Mason’s field. I’m starting to build-up a small quantity of each type of crop I grow in this way now. In time, I should have a working stock of food that will allow me to start rearing Pigs though that is still a way off. I’m also going to be looking at helping out with root crop harvests for other farmers – any residue I get from that can go in the silos for pig-feed too. For now I’ve been planning my future crop activities. I think I’m going to put Ale House Field onto a 3 crop cycle of Sunflower, Canola, Corn, then Lime and Plough before repeating. Manor Field and Coberley Field will mix grain crops and Soy Beans – those will not require me to plough every third crop though all the fields will require Lime.

If you recall, I mentioned a grass area behind the Chicken Coop where I could harvest some wild grass to boost my Silage production? In a lull between sowing and harvesting, I decided to take a plough to that area and make it a proper field of grass……That should more than double the silage crop from that area once the grass I’ve sown is mature.

I’ve had one rash expense since the last report from the farm. I’ve needed a utility vehicle to handle small jobs like delivering eggs and taking feed to the Chickens. I could have bought a pick-up for around £35k and left the feeding of the birds to the Massey 3090 and trailer, but that means continuously reconfiguring the trailer each time so it can carry grain or a load of pallets. I looked at getting a flatbed van like the MAN TGE that is available as a mod for the game. I tried it out and didn’t like it. In the end I went and bought a Lindner Unitrac (another mod) which costs £98k… This is a true off-road vehicle – worth reading about on the company’s website…I’ve bought the tipper module and that allows me to do those Chicken related jobs. In the future, when Pigs join our menagerie, I can add a tank module at very low cost to deliver water as well as using the tipper to deliver food to them. So an expensive purchase initially but one with a busy future ahead if my plans come to fruition. But for the moment it’s just FUN!!! 🙂

Carpe Diem! – Not sure if that’s the right turn of phrase? I was keeping an eye on prices as usual and I noted that the Silage price was climbing quite quickly. It was already over the £350 level that I view as a prepare to harvest and sell Silage from my grass fields. So I harvested field 32 and the grass behind the chicken coop……The price was still climbing! It was time to drop everything else because it looked like that price was going to top £400 and it presented a great opportunity to earn a lot of money. With the bales from the first two areas loaded on the wagon and parked close to the sell point, I checked the state of the grass in my recently sown Field 4. That was also ready to harvest and although I’d have preferred to leave it a bit longer to get a better crop, I decided to cut and bale that field too. By the time I’d done that the price was on £400 and still showing as rising. I decided to fertilize the other grass fields while I waited. By the time I’d done that the price had finally stabilised at £403 per 1000l of Silage. Time to sell!!! Here’s the Fendt arriving back at my farm with the second load of bales from field 4…

The profit from the Silage was over £35k and suddenly I could afford to buy field 13 – which just happens to be full of ‘ready to harvest’ grass! So I bought the field that I’ve had my eye on for a while and rushed off to harvest it……There was a huge amount of grass here and it took a while to cut and prepare for baling……Ultimately I made 26 bales and had to transport them in two trips using the Anderson RBM2000…

All that Baling activity, including the straw bales from the earlier harvest earnt me over £87k! So as the day drifted towards evening I found myself in the position of having £80K despite having bought field 13 for £113k. Taking advantage of the exceptional price circumstances has really boosted my farm.

I went to field 14 East and sowed Oats……then I took the decision to buy a seeder for Sunflowers and Corn – the Horsch Maestro 8RC……Field 14 West has now been sown with my first crop of Sunflowers 🙂

The next tasks are to prepare the original field for the next crop and then to plough two new fields in the existing field 13. I really must consider naming my fields because the numbers lack character. I think field 4 will become Spinney Field and field 32 should be Triangle Field. I’ll see what I come up with for the others 🙂 Stay safe everyone and hopefully I’ll have some Sunflowers to share next time 🙂

Lots of work being done on the farm and a couple of unintended purchases see my working balance stable at around £110k. The first of these purchases was a weeder – the Einbock Aerostar-Rotation 1200, which as you might guess clears a 12m swathe of weeds at a time. Early in game I chose to do my weed removal using the Hardi sprayer that I have shared images of in action. The reason for choosing to buy that first was the nature of weeds – the pesky varmints can show up on your fields at any stage of crop growth and herbicide can be used to remove them at any time. A Weeder however can only be used before the crops get to their second growth stage so if you can only afford one means of dealing with weeds, herbicide is the way to go. With stable income now assured on my farm, I can afford to add a weeder and that in turn means I can take jobs from other farmers that specify using a weeder. Here it is unfolding for just such a job for Mason in field 36……and ripping out the weeds……The weeder requires 130HP, so the Fendt Favorit will handle it. Job finished and weeder folded up I head back across Field 13 and I can see that my crops in 14 are ready to be harvested……So that’s going to be my next task.

Field 14W turned in just over 17000l of Canola……but the price wasn’t as good as I would like so that went to the Silo at the farm to be sold when things improve. 14E produced just over 13000l of Wheat, most of which went straight to Empire Stores for a good price with a small quantity held back to feed the Chickens – overall profit from that field, including the straw collected after harvesting, was over £16k. The Oats in Field 4 were also ready and, again including straw, returned over £10k. This was a very good return from a small field but the harvesting was very tricky with such an irregular edge, so I have decided to return that field to grass for hay and silage production. To that end I prioritised, fertilizing, cultivating and sowing field 4 before working on any of the others. Here we are in Field 4 – the sowing is complete……that’s field 36, where we were weeding earlier, beyond the hedge. I limed both the fields in plot 14 and harrowed the lime in ready for fertilizing. Lime is an expensive necessity that fortunately only has to be done every 3 harvests. That was the end of my in-game day. Early to bed for an early start harvesting our original field next day.

Sun up and back to work…..harvesting the Barley crop. This produced a huge amount of straw – 21 bales. I decided that I really needed to cut back on the number of journeys when I do have a lot of bales to shift. So that other new purchase mentioned at the start was the Anderson RBM 2000. This cost £50k but I was able to get £26k back on the Ursus T-127 bale trailer so the net cost was £24k. It’s a great bit of kit capable of carrying 24 bales at a time. Here we are collecting the straw bales after the harvest……and loaded up ready to take them for sale……That’s 6K earnt from something I don’t have a use for 🙂 Last task for this post was fertilizing the plot 14 fields ready for our next crops. I was able to tie that in with fertilizing field 36 for Mason which earned me over £8k after buying some fertilizer. Looks like he has a good crop of corn growing there – a harvesting contract for that could be a good excuse for me to buy a corn header 😉 Something to think about. And I need to think about another field to buy – Field 13 could be back on the agenda 🙂