Oak Glen Farm

In most computer games there is an ‘End Game’ – a final scenario or a last boss to defeat. This is not true of simulation games. You just play until you either tire of the game or you reach a point where you are satisfied with what you achieved in the game. It’s a lot more complicated than that of course! I got to thinking, what do I think is my ‘End Game’ for Oak Glen Farm – at what point will I feel that I have reached my target for this Farming Simulator map? Currently I have Three fields under crops and two more dedicated to silage production……With the exception of Triangle Field up by the stables, my fields are to the east of the north-south road. Field 14, now known as Coberley Field and Field 13 – Manor Field, form a southern end to my territory whilst Ale House Field sits opposite my farm buildings with Spinney Field to the south. The glaring gap in my field ownership is 36, currently owned by Mason. I think that field defines my initial goal and my stretch target would be owning field 34 to the west of my farm buildings, also one of Mason’s although he never seems to have a crop in it! If I reach my target then current experience tells me that I will be too busy managing the fields that I own to expand the farm further. That, then is my end game for this map.

I’ve reached a point now where I will need to do a lot of rinse and repeat farming to get the £550k I need to purchase field 36. Ultimately, that field will need bigger machinery for ploughing and harvesting than I currently own although I did take on the corn harvest for Mason with my current harvester and my new Corn Header……This showed that it is possible to work that field with my current equipment, albeit somewhat slowly! I think ploughing that field would need a much bigger plough which in turn means a much more powerful tractor – something I might choose to hire at least to start with. A bigger trailer would also be desirable to reduce trips to the stores when harvesting and that raises the issue of where I’d park it – it’s a struggle manoeuvring the Anderson RBM 2000 around the farm yard as it is!

Anyway – with a lot of repetitive farming ahead, I’m going to reduce the regularity of the Oak Glen Farm posts again. I will post updates and screenshots from time to time. Last time I promised some Sunflowers – Here they are……And, yes, they do follow the sun! Now it’s time for an early morning harvest in Ale House Field……Then I’m going to plant Corn 🙂 See you all a few furrows down the road 🙂

Last photo for June 2020

Once again Bushboy is asking us to show the last image taken last month, warts and all. There is a back story to this one. During May, SCS Software and Mack Trucks were celebrating the release of the Mack Anthem into American Truck Simulator. As part of that celebration they were giving away Mack merchandise to people posting images of their Mack Anthem in game with the tag #MackAnthemInAts. I was one of the lucky winners, although I had to wait most of June for the prize to arrive from the Czech Republic. When it arrived, I followed tradition within the Trucking Community and tweeted an image of my prize expressing my thanks to SCS Software and Mack Trucks. I took a series of shots in the difficult lighting of my home office for the tweet.

This image was the last of that sequence…

This was one of the screenshots that earnt me my prize…

And this was the actual shot I tweeted…

Oak Glen Farm

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 🙂