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 🙂

Okay – The expected community event in Euro Truck Simulator is underway. I will be reporting on that soon. However, the way the event is set up means I only have to do short jobs which allows me to carry on working on the farm too! So here’s what’s happening.

In the last post I told you about our grinding work schedule – ploughing a new field and then preparing it for a crop before actually seeding it with Soy Beans. Now I’m stuck with nothing to do. The new crop hasn’t sprouted yet and the Oats in the other field are still in a growth phase. I need something to fill my ‘spare’ time. Some of that time was taken up by thinking – always a dangerous use of time. I realised that the existing trailer was going to be too small for harvesting the new field so I decided to get another Metaltech trailer, a TB14 that can handle 17000l of grain……I also took the DB8 to the shop and reconverted it back to open sides – it will now exclusively be used on transport type work. To fill in the gap between work on our own fields I drove the Massey, now wearing the front lifter and pallet forks, over to the sawmill with the DB8. We took a delivery from there up to Hill Top Stores – it was a bit of a struggle but we got it done. On the way back we checked out the new field and our Soy Beans have popped through……No sign of weeds; Yet!

By the time I got back to our farm, the Oats in our first field were ready to harvest so it was time to fire up the New Holland TC5.90 and get stuck in……I was able to fit all the harvested Oats into the new trailer – which was a slightly disappointing yield unless I was expecting too much? However, selling the crop earned me £14400 which was good. The bonus was the straw – I set the harvester to produce straw and we got lots of it. My tractors patrolled that field after the initial harvest with the Kuhn Baler and the Ursus pick-up trailer and retrieved 20 bales of straw……which netted an additional £8362. So the overall earnings from the harvest were over £22k 🙂

Another check on our fields and I see that field 14 west has now got weeds so I head over there in the Fendt with the sprayer. I was a bit low on herbicide and couldn’t quite complete the field in one load so I took the Massey to collect a fresh 2000l canister of the stuff from the shop……That should keep us in weedkiller for a few more infestations! After completing the spray, both tractors went back to the farm and a check on the Silage price revealed that Oakfield Farm was offering £362 per 1000l. Time to sell a small batch of my silage bales. I loaded up the Ursus T-127 trailer with 8 bales……and took them over to the neighbouring farm. That netted me £11614 🙂 I’m going to drip feed the rest of them to the buyers to try and keep the price high, so back at the farm I loaded another 8 bales but left the trailer parked next to the bunker.

Now I need to prepare the field opposite the farm again, plough the new crop area over in field 14 East and keep an eye on the price of silage which is creeping up at the Stables too! Money is starting to come to me, but only because I’ve worked very hard 🙂 I’ll leave you with a shot of the harvested Oats being loaded up for sale with the lines of straw…

Happy farming everyone 🙂

With the Euro Truck Community Event looking like it will start on Thursday (coding permitting) I can put a bit more time into our Farm. I left the last post with a list of decisions that were hanging over my farm at that point and I didn’t even mention Pigs! A couple of mugs of farmer-strength tea and two of the listed options have been taken. I bought a Tedder so I can take on hay making and I bought the other small grass field – no 32 halfway up the valley. I decided that it’s not yet time for Chickens – checking Wheat and Barley prices shows them at a low so I won’t be sowing those as crops in this cycle which in turn means I’d have to buy chicken feed.

I got talking to one of the other farmers at the roadside cafe (translation – watching play-through videos on YouTube) and he suggested that I might find a different seeder better for my situation than the Stara Ceres. After all, I’m harrowing the field and fertilizing it with other equipment anyway so I’m not really using the Ceres’ 3-in-1 capability. A different option would be one of the Horsch, Kuhn or Vaderstad range. I’d get a wider sowing track and an easier vehicle to line up for each pass. I took that idea on-board and that’s yet another decision to be made before choosing our next crop.

After fertilizing my cultivated field with the Amazone spreader, I emptied out some residual seed from the Ceres seeder and took it to the shop to trade in – £33k back as it’s almost brand new (a loss of £6k). I decided to get the Horsch Pronto 6AS and its associated seed tank – total cost £36k. For that I’m getting a 6m sowing width over a 3.6m one and I only need a 60HP tractor to pull it so if I decide to get a second tractor to ease the workload on the Fendt, I can get another small one in the 80-100HP range and those can be relatively cheap. There is a hidden saving too – When I went to sow my field with this new seeder, I didn’t hire a worker so there were no wages to pay 🙂

I’ve decided that Oats will be our next crop and that’s what I’m sowing here with the new Horsch…
…It folds up nicely for transport between fields……and it fits inside our small sheds, which the Ceres didn’t, so I can park it out of the way between jobs 🙂

After sowing my oats – you can read that how you want 😉 I took the mowers up to field 32 and harvested the grass, then baled it for silage. There was one bale less than when I harvested it for a contract – I suspect Mason hadn’t bothered to fertilize after the previous crop. Silage prices have taken a hit because of the amount of contract grass harvest jobs I have been doing so I’ve decided to keep the silage bales until things improve – with no pigs, the bunker silo for manure is a good place to store them…

Then it was time to take the spreader up to our new grass field and fertilize. Back down to the farm after completing that job and I found that my Oats are already showing through so into the main field to fertilize that crop too……Then a trip to the shop to replenish our fertilizer supply. We’re into evening and it’s time to take a break. There’s a big harvest contract available in field 36 so I might take that tomorrow. It should pay very well but it will take a very large chunk out of my day. We’ll see how my crop is looking in the morning…