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 Chêne soon 👍

Plans are always likely to become victims of events. At least in Farming Simulator 19 it’s more driven by realisation of a potential opportunity than by circumstances beyond your control. That said, if it wasn’t for taking the decision to go for Pigs on the farm early, I wouldn’t have pushed myself into the current situation. When I last posted I’d just got the pigs and I was planning to diversify into Sugar Beet as a crop. For that I knew I’d need to spend around £120k to buy the necessary harvesting equipment but I recognised it as a necessity if I was going to get the best out of our porky friends. I’d taken the decision that Alehouse Field was best suited to handle this crop as I would have to plough every time I grew Beet or Corn.

I quickly built up a good amount of money with some successful harvests so that I could afford to get the tractor driven root-crop harvester, the Grimme Rootster and its associated top removal tool. It’s a bit of a beast……and I’ve had to shuffle some other equipment around to house it! I bought it because I had the money available. That was a little early and may have been an error – after all, I still had a crop of Canola in the intended field to fertilize and eventually harvest. I found myself with only £30k in the bank and a lot of essential things to do before my next crop income would be available.

As you would expect, I struggled through the bad times, got some harvests done and sold things like eggs to get the balance back on an upward trajectory. This time, silage wasn’t coming to my aid 😦 But I did some delivery work……and also a harvest for another farmer…

Then it was back to my own fields. I hit some problems harvesting the Canola in Alehouse Field – the harvester cut out on me on several occasions resulting in a small amount of crop loss. The cause of this appears to be the sharp gradient changes at the edge of the field. Also, in this field that I created myself from one of the grass fields, I have noticed some invisible artifacts that may be coming into play now – they are hidden but when I was looking at possibly placing a sheep pen in this field I found some places where I couldn’t put it because of existing ‘structures’. You can see a number of unusual dips in the field too……roughly where those structures appear to be. Perhaps we need an archaeoligical dig to ascertain whether I’ve found a Roman Villa? 😉 Anyway, to combat some of the issues when harvesting I’ve chosen to leave some of the more troubled areas un-cultivated……so the yield from Alehouse field will be slightly reduced in future. I’ve now sown it with Sugar Beet.

The voracious appetite of the pigs (I have 12 of them now!) has raised the question of how I’m going to make a money from crops when they are consuming quite a high percentage of anything I grow other than Oats and Grass. I think that the time is upon us to buy another, larger field. The only problem with that is the cost. Almost all of the fields that are under cultivation at my end of the map cost in excess of £300k. While I was harvesting the crop in field 27 I took a look at field 47 opposite. You can see both on the right of the map……Field 47 is probably a third bigger than my current largest. It’s the only field at a reasonable distance from my farm that costs under £200k – but only just under 😦 It has a mound with trees which will make it a little tricky to farm……quite possibly a tumulus or barrow, so I won’t be disturbing that! I think that is our only viable option currently but I will need to earn well from some crops to be able to afford it. Oh for another Silage price rise!

Those who looked closely at the green areas of the map will have noted that I appear to own the large field to the north of Field 47 – it was part of the ‘spare’ land that you can buy for £0 and which I bought to allow me to expand Field 4 into what I now call Spinney Field. Why don’t I use that? Firstly, there’s no direct access without driving across other fields. There is a hedge all around the field with the exception of a gate at the boundary with Field 31……It doesn’t open! The implication is that the map designer does not wish us to use that field and I’m going to abide by their wishes.

That’s brought you up to date. Now I’d better get back in the tractor and do some work – that field isn’t going to buy itself!

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 🙂