By default (this option can be turned off in the game settings) Farming Simulator 19 requires you to periodically (every third crop) enrich the soil with lime. There are only two machines that can do it: Bredal K105 and its high-capacity model: K165. This is similar to standard soil fertilization; on the map the field requiring lime will be marked in blue. You must also use lime if you are creating new fields, expanding existing fields or combining two fields.
If you don’t use lime on a field that requires it, your harvest will be 15% lower. This stage does not fertilize the soil like fertilizer – it is an independent factor influencing the yield of the field.
You can fill the lime spreaders at the shop by purchasing pallets with lime. If you want to carry out this process faster, look for white markers on the map: arrows pointing downwards. In these places you can immediately fill the entire machine from large tanks.
If you let your plants stay in the field for too long, they will wither. You can’t do anything with them: the field must be plowed or cultivated and sown. How quickly the plants wither can be seen on the map: the field in which the plants are waiting to be harvested is yellow and goes through two successive phases. (up to dark orange) If need to harvest crops from several fields, select those that have the darkest color on the map first. In such a situation it is also worth slowing down time in the game options. In the settings you have the option to turn off plant withering. Sugarcane does not wither.
Harvesters are used for harvesting. All grains use the same type of harvester, with sunflower and maize requiring a suitable module. This is not the case with the rest of the plants:
- Grains: wheat, barley, oats, rapeseed, soybean – harvested using a grain module.
- Maize and sunflower – with the maize module,
- Sunflower – if you grow it in bulk, you will find a special module exclusively for harvesting sunflower; the harvester then moves 50% faster.
- Potatoes, sugar beet, cane and cotton – each of these plants requires a special harvester, available in two versions: cheaper – connected to the tractor; more expensive – self-propelled.
Most harvesters are don’t have the capacity to hold all the yield during a harvest. Use a semi-trailer vehicle to empty the harvester and allow it to continue working. You can pour potatoes and beets straight into the field to collect them later. Cotton leaves large blocks of bales behind, to be harvested with special trailers.
More of this sort of thing:
- Farming Simulator 19 Tips and Tricks for Beginners
- Farming Simulator 19 – Potatoes, Beets and Cotton Guide
- Farming Simulator 19 – Start From Scratch / Felsbrunn Optimal Fields
- Farming Simulator 19 – Estancia Lapacho Fields by ha, price and price per ha
- Farming Simulator 19 – Start From Scratch / Ravenport Optimal Fields