A beginner’s guide to Farming Simulator 20
Have you got what it takes to run a farm?
Farming Simulator 20
Impressive machinery, magnificent crops and logistical challenges galore: the new instalment in the popular Farming Simulator series tasks you with managing a farm and making your bank account thrive.
Since farmers are not born but trained, we’re here to assist you on your first day (more like a year) on the job. Keep reading to learn how to start sowing and grow big in the business of agriculture.
Boss the harvest with machines
Figuring out what to do when and with which vehicle is key to achieving results fast.
To start, prepare your field by loosening the ground with the cultivator. This is necessary to successfully sow seeds with a seed drill right after. Tending to your crops with a field sprayer or fertiliser spreader helps to ensure they are growing well, increasing your yield by up to fifty per cent. Now, let’s see your results: after some time has passed, the crops are ready for the harvester and the cutting system that fits their type. Sell the harvest to the highest-bidding buyer and restart the cycle for successful farming all year round.
Start with wheat
While Farming Simulator 20 features 10 different types of crops, it’s wise to start out by sowing the easiest: wheat. Once you get the hang of the controls and the harvest cycle, you’re ready to try your best with barley, oats or other grains.
For harvesting roots like potatoes or sugar beets you’ll need a different set of machines – so only start on these when you’ve made good progress with other crops.
Play the market
As in real life, supply and demand steer this digital marketplace. To make the most out of your hard day’s work, your goal is to sell your harvest for the best price.
Make it a habit to regularly check the price menu to observe fluctuations. Which buyer will reward you handsomely? If you sell too much of one type of crop, you’ll see prices go down while demand for other crops will rise. Use this strategy smartly to create high demand and end your day with amazing profit.
Take it slow with livestock
They’re cute, they’re fluffy and they fill every farmer’s heart with joy. While it may be tempting to raise animals right away, the complexity of the task is no feat for beginners and could scare you away.
Concentrate on your progress with sowing, harvesting and selling crops. Once you’ve mastered what fills your cash register with easy coin, you’re ready to step up to become an advanced farmer. Sheep should be your first project before moving ahead with raising the even more difficult pigs, cows and horses.