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  1. Elroy61

    New crop types

    I have used some of the new crop types for the first time this season. I planted wheat and barley as usual in the fall. I also planted rye, oats, triticale, and millet last fall. I am playing 24 day seasons on Nagce Valley. The wheat and barley were ready to harvest on the first day of early summer. The other new grain crops are still not ready to harvest on day 15 of summer and my chances of a soybean double crop are fading fast. The seasons window shows the same planting and harvest pattern as wheat but it seems to be reacting differently. Is this usual? It seems like there was s seasons update recently so maybe that had an impact.
  2. I greatly enjoy playing the game with 24 day seasons. As I believe I have mentioned before, I like simulation games, but strategy games are more of a passion for me. By playing with 24 day seasons the game truly becomes a combination of both gaming styles. I doubt that every map would work well with this long of a season but at least the season length can be tailored to the map that is being used. The map has to have enough to do to keep you busy. Playing at 15x speed was also helpful. That really kept me focused on what had to be done now and what could wait and be filler work during the slow times. Choose your map wisely. There has to be enough to do. It could be a lot of fields, or at least some very large fields, if standard farming is your thing. There should also be at least one or two types of animals available on the map. The animals not only need regular care but they give purpose to your farming and add a level of strategy. At least a few industry mods can really help with time management and some income during some long stretches that could be without it in straight farming. If industries are your thing, go for it. If you like to do a little logging that could be helpful as well for both spot cash and as a time filler. The cool thing is that you can choose what you like to do. You have to be in it for the long haul. If a map bores you quickly and you like to jump to the next cool map (and there are a lot of cool maps) then you probably should not try 24 days seasons. But you likely don't need me to tell you that. When I play strategy games I always opt for the campaign option if the game has one and that is what this feels like. I have spent months of my gaming time on this map and frankly I am too invested with some of the things I am in the middle of that I will likely spend another month or two in Nagce Valley. I have built up a sizable flock of sheep and I am not about to jump ship just when they are about to start earning their keep. I also have a 43ha field planted with five different crops I have never used before and I want to see how they work out. Nagce Valley was a nice change of pace for me. The last couple of maps I had been playing on were European maps that were very tight with a lot of narrow lanes with stone walls or hedges seemingly everywhere. I was using a lot of paint for fender touch ups. I liked those maps but this one came along at the right time for me. The farm is spacious and the roads are wide open and it was nice to not be running into things all of the time when I was in a hurry. The fields on this map are huge. I needed many days to do the field work on this map and if you are into straight farming then this is a great map. I was using the midwest geo for seasons and frankly the weather was great. In both springs seasons I was planting by day three and I had stretches of sunshine during the harvest seasons of six or seven straight days. The winter was not too bad either. The only time I had trouble was in summer with frequent pop-up thunderstorms with short notice. I would love to see a mod that takes rainfall into account when determining crop yields and having the possibility of irrigation in the game. Finally, I would like to thank @chaseydog for putting this map out there for use and thank you to everyone whose has taken the time to read about this adventure. I hope you have a great day.
  3. Elroy61

    Day 61: Going Green

    Alright. Now I am hungry.
  4. I took my modest logging kit out into the snowy woods on day 17 and 18. I was was not very motivated to cut trees and I spent most of my time snow-shoeing through the woods exploring the back areas of the map. I think I cut four trees in two days. I headed home early on both days and warmed up with some nice hot chocolate by the fire. I planned to care for the animals and greenhouses on day 19 and then head to the Islands for a little down time on the beach sipping margaritas. A funny thing happened on the way to the beach. While I was working with the animals it started to rain and the temperature climbed into the mid forties. By the end of the day all of the snow was gone and the ground had thawed. The forecast called for daytime highs in the forties for the rest of February and mid fifties starting the first day of spring. I made a quick change of plans and bought a nice 10ha field next to mine and spent days 20 and 21 plowing. For the record, my wife was not impressed with my decisive decision making skills. I was surprised that when I plowed under the former owner's withered crop I received all three levels of fertilization on this field. I have no idea if this is normal or if the chopped straw mod has anything to do with it or not. I put a worker on cultivating on day 22 of winter while I cared for the animals and greenhouses again. I was suddenly out of things to do again and with a little help it occurred to me that I still had time to make a quick trip to Margaritaville. The weather was even better on the beach than at the farm and the time just seemed to fly by at almost 120 times the speed. It should also be noted that I learned that I probably should not try to grow pineapples in Nagce Valley.
  5. Elroy61

    Early summer - All about that grass

    I can confirm that after the first cutting the grass fields showed plowed with one level of fertilization. I did plow and replant a small test area and it did not seem to create any improvements.
  6. Elroy61

    Best time to buy cows, pigs and sheep

    I wonder if the season segment for the lowest price is defined but the actual date can vary within the segment. It will be interesting to see.
  7. Early winter ended with two days of falling snow. I spent a lot of time plowing all of the areas I thought I might go because I did not want to fall too far behind on plowing early in the season. I should have looked a little closer to the forecast. By day 10 all of the snow had melted except for the piles I had made all over the place. I had four clear and cold days in a row and spent the time selling off most of my silage. I carted off hundreds of bales at roughly $1085 each and I emptied all of the bunkers at the BGA. The cows are producing a lot of milk as the grass lasted into day 12. Even after that the productivity only dropped to 81%. Between the silage sales, milk sales, bio-fuel sales, and soybean sales, the money is rolling in. I started the game in hard mode without adding anything. I sold off some of the starting equipment to help me get started and also took out about $100,000 in loans. The only placebles that I bought were greenhouses, a manure buy point, and a fermenting silo. At this point I have paid off the loan, re-purchased most of the equipment that I had sold off, and bought 150 animals and my cash balance is up over $1,000,000. It has been a lot of steady work but this farm is large enough to be very profitable. There has been another two day snowstorm to close out mid-winter but I have done most of the work I had saved for winter so the question becomes what to do next? I have only done one day of logging so far but with a million in the bank and enough logs for the fireplace I am not very motivated to go out in the snow at this point. It is not too late to head to the Islands for pineapple farming research and it could be written off as a business expense. So maybe the question is hot chocolate by the fire or margaritas on the beach?
  8. Elroy61

    I have questions

    I agree with @meremanabout the animals. Lose the pigs but keep the sheep and cows for now. I would not buy them this early because of the price but if you already have them then they will give you something more to keep you busy during the slow times and with only 10 each they are not that much of a burden. And get some more fields.
  9. The winter has started at a nice and easy pace. I bought some logging equipment but I have only spent one day logging so far. The days are very short and I spent much of my time selling off the fruits of my labor from earlier in the year. I sold about 2/3rds of the silage from the BGA clamps and several tanker loads of bio-fuel. Several days were spent at the BGA and also some time at the animal farm and taking care of the greenhouses. I managed to squeeze in three more greenhouses in a reconfiguration for a new total of eight. The cows are producing quite well and I sold a few tanker loads of milk as well. The pace is a little slow but there are enough odds and ends to keep the days moving. I was able to feed the cows one bale of wrapped grass on day 6 before it changed to silage. I would guess it will last about 4/5 more days before we are without grass in the feed. The first snow came a day early on the seventh day of winter followed by even heavier snow on day eight. Both days were spent doing nothing but plowing snow in the areas I plan to be working in during the rest of winter. It took a surprising amount of time to do all of the plowing. Nobody pays you for it either. I have a lot of bales that I plan to sell next week so I had to plow open the space I will need for that. So far so good in making it through the winter but I am saving the logging in case I need it later. I have kept up with the plowing and the forecast calls for four clear and cold days so I should be able to do more selling of silage from both bales and the clamps. So far so good but I am thinking that a trip to the Islands for some research on pineapple growing might be in order later in the season.
  10. The field work is complete for the year so it is time to shift the focus to other areas. The daylight hours are so short that it does not take much to fill a day. I can do some things around the yard in the dark but I have been speeding up time for some of the extra hours of darkness. The first day was dedicated to maintenance and cleaning of all of the equipment. The second day was started by doing animal work and setting up a fifth greenhouse. The plan was for six but there was a tree blocking the placement of the last greenhouse. I do not know what kind of a tree it is but I do know that it is tough. My chainsaw would not touch it so I bought a tractor mounted saw but that was of no use either. I don't know anything about map making but I assume that it is a decorative object and not a "tree". Five greenhouses it is. The next four days were spent working at the BGA and compost and fuel making facilities. There were great demands for wheat, milk, and fuel that I stopped what I was doing to take advantage of as well. I also spent a fair bit of money at the shop on more of the AR pack items, including the truck and another trailer. The last two days of autumn were spent working on my winter grass strategies. This took more time than I expected so I had to slow things down a bit to get everything accomplished. Both days were spent cutting some of the free grass on the map and baling and wrapping the bales. I had been expecting to cut from my own grass fields but they never really grew back after the cutting in early autumn. I was able to get about a hundred bales from other places on the map however. First I filled the feeding troughs with grass on day 23 with the forage wagon to their capacity. Then on day 24 I had a little open capacity that I overfilled with a grass bale to get the total up to about 5 days. Secondly I have a bunch of grass bales on hand that will not turn to silage for 8 days that I hope to be able to use for grass feed until they turn to silage. I tested this before on one map that it worked on and another that it did not so we will see about this one soon. Once they turn and the grass runs out we will have to wait until maybe mid spring to be able to cut any new grass. The third part of the plan is to fill the baler up to about 3900 liters of hay and park it. Then on day one of spring the spillage from the feed trough should turn back to grass that I can pick up with the baler and turn the whole bale into grass for one bale in early spring. That is the plan. It remains to be seen if plan two or three will work. At this point all I know for sure is that the first part was successful. The best news on the last day of autumn was a 7 day forecast with no snow in it.
  11. Day 9 of autumn started with a pleasant surprise. The two fields that I had double-cropped with soybeans in mid-summer are ready for harvest. It was sunny with seven straight days of sunshine in the forecast. I must be living right because it seems like they were only in stage three of growth the day before but maybe I just missed the fourth stage. It took three days to harvest 186,000 more liters of soybeans but the price was about $900/1000 liters so I sold them as I harvested them until the price dropped under $750. I hired workers to prep and plant my fields for the winter crop. I planted 18ha of canola in one field and a second slightly smaller field with wheat. The largest 43ha field I planted roughly equal amounts of rye, oats, millet, triticale, and spelt. There is a little over 8ha of each to be able to diversify my grain stores in the spring. I prepped the last field but did not plant it as I hope to plant sunflowers in the spring and sunflowers need to be planted before these would be ready to harvest in early summer. Day 16 came with a great demand for wheat so I sold off half of my stores as well as some of the barley at a decent price. The bank account was in good shape just in time for a sale price on sheep. The list price was for $3079 each but when I actually tried to buy some I was charged $3080 each. It was not a big deal but just a little odd. I bought 50 more sheep and now the animal count is up to 50 cows and 100 sheep. I figure that I am now committed to this map through at least the end of spring because what is the point of feeding all of these sheep without getting the wool. I was a little concerned about finishing all of my field work so early but the forecast is now seven straight days of rain so I am glad that it is done.
  12. Elroy61

    Best time to buy cows, pigs and sheep

    Pigs have hit $1530 on day 19 of autumn.
  13. Elroy61

    Best time to buy cows, pigs and sheep

    The price for sheep was $3080 on day 16 of autumn but was back up to $3450 on day 17. The price of pigs was $2137 on day 15 of Autumn and up to $2339 on day 16 but then dropped to $1548 on day 17. We will see if it bottoms out over the next seven days.
  14. It is harvest time again. Field #1 is ready with 43ha of soybeans as well as both grass fields for a total of 20ha. I also hope to plant canola on the 18ha field that I harvested a wheat crop from in the summer. It is time to pull out all of the stops. I hired a couple of hands to help out and even looked for some local boys and their girlfriends. I even put out some gifts for the farming elves to try to entice them to help. I eventually had to slow down time to try to get it all done in eight days. It took three and a half days to harvest the soybeans with a worker on the combine while I tried to do the grass work. The soybean harvest ended up being 386,000 liters. I had to sell some directly after my silos were full. I also have another 20ha of soybeans in a later growth stage in two other fields that were double cropped. I should warn other virtual farmers in this section of the internet that when I am done there may not be a great demand for soybeans for years to come. To save time I collected all of the grass on the field near the BGA with a forage wagon and filled the bunkers. I now have another 1.6 million liters of silage baking there. That should fill up some of my time when I get to a slow season. I baled the grass on the field at the farm and ended up with 183 bales about evenly split between silage and hay. I now have hundreds of silage bales waiting for the best price at the market. I believe that @FarmerKlein showed that the best price is usually in mid-winter so I am planning on that. I doubt that the grass will get to full growth again this year but I should be able to get a partial cutting in late autumn. I did plow and re-plant a section of one of the grass fields after the cutting to see if I can get a 10% bonus on it next year but frankly if I wanted more grass there is all kinds free grass on this map that I don't have time to cut anyway. My flock of sheep is up to 50 and the cow herd is at 30. My goal of 50/50 by winter will likely be revised upward during the rest of the autumn. The pace for the rest of the season should be a little less hectic if I can relax a bit. The problem is that whenever there is anything to be done I feel like I have to go at it at full speed "just in case".
  15. Elroy61

    Day 30: Triage

    I read the title and I thought maybe you fell off your tractor under a cultivator or something.
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