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Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide

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From sowing to harvesting - step by step Farming Simulator 17 Guide

1. Scarifying the Soil

On the left - a simple cultivator, on the right - a plough - both tools allow scarification of the ground, with sowing next in line. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
On the left - a simple cultivator, on the right - a plough - both tools allow scarification of the ground, with sowing next in line.

First, you will have to scarify the soil with a tractor. You need to do this within your lot (the green number on the map). You can use plows or tillers. Plows can dig deeper which grants you +10% crop. However, this process takes longer and requires better machines and extenders in front of the vehicle. Cultivators can cover a large area and can work a lot faster. Both devices are attached to a tractor. If you play on high difficulty level, you will need to scarify the soil with a plow once in a while (can switch on/off dynamic option during gameplay). An "old" land will be marked red.

2. Sowing

Sowing can only be performed when the ground is scarified. If you drive the seeder through unprepared soil, you wont see any marks behind the machine. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Sowing can only be performed when the ground is scarified. If you drive the seeder through unprepared soil, you won't see any marks behind the machine.

The next step is sowing. Use a seeder to spread the seed across the entire field. Remember - not all the seeders can all the crop: potatoes require a special machine, and corn, sunflower and beetroot require a separate seeder. Most seeders have additional options: they can fertilize (e.g. Amazaone ED-3000C) [only artificial fertilizers] or can be attached to cultivator - Vaderstad Rapid A 600S. It's worth selecting such machines as you won't have to go over the field for the second time. If you are going to use natural fertilizers, don't purchase the former group of seeders.

The seed store in your base in Sosnovka. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
The seed store in your base in Sosnovka.

Each seeder needs to be filled first - there will be special bags in a given area. Go there and select filling (it's quite expensive). If you let your employee handle this, you make him take the seed manually, without having to refill the container.

Boxes with fertilizer and seeds - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Boxes with fertilizer and seeds

If your field is far away from the headquarters and there is no fertilizer feeder (like in Goldcrest Valley) - you will need to purchase pallets with seed and fertilizer in a store.

3. Fertilization

Spraying is the fastest method of fertilizing, at the same time being the most expensive - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Spraying is the fastest method of fertilizing, at the same time being the most expensive

Your next move would be to fertilize the field, however; it's an optional step. There are many possible options which were described in information on crop -> fertilizers. All fertilizers work in the same way. Depending on the difficulty level (can be modified during gameplay), it's enough to fertilize fields once or 3 times per every stage of growth. You can use artificial fertilizers (expensive) or natural ones (requires farm animals). The level of fertilization is visible on your map in soil composition. Fertilization improves crops by 90% (on high difficulty level, each of the 3 processes provides a +30% bonus).

Fertilizer feeder in the Sosnovka base - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Fertilizer feeder in the Sosnovka base

If you want to use artificial fertilizers, you will need machines from the sprinklers / spreaders category. Drive your machine towards a container with the fertilizer and refill it (map in Sosnovka) - in Goldcrest Valley you will have to purchase pallets with seed/fertilizer. Artificial fertilizers are expensive, so it's not recommended to use the in the early stages of the game.

Manure and a fertilizer container by the cow pens. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Manure and a fertilizer container by the cow pens.

The natural fertilizer can be found in two various forms: manure and slurry, is a by-product of farming cows / pigs. To spread them, you will need two separate machines. Both will be generated a couple of days after inbreeding and all you have to do is to drive your manure/slurry spreader near the farming building and collect the by-product.

Once this is done, get to the field and spread the fertilizer - soil that was fertilized will always change its color. It's a quick process that can be completed by your employees.

4. Harvesting

Combines cannot perform during rainfall/snowfall! - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Combines cannot perform during rainfall/snowfall!

The most intensive part. You will need a harvester with the right attachment (a special one for a given model and type of crop - icons are listed next to each of them). A harvester moves slowly and stores crop until it is full. When that happens, use a vehicle with a semitrailer, and collect your crop.

You only need to park the trailer, or approach it with the combine, and press the button for sliding out the pipe - transfer is automatic. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
You only need to park the trailer, or approach it with the combine, and press the button for sliding out the pipe - transfer is automatic.

Semitrailers will differ in terms of capacity. However, some can be attached to one another - when that happens, the first semitrailer attached to the tractor will have wheels on its back, while the other semitrailers will have them in an evenly manner [see above photo].

Gathering potatoes using a special potato combine - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Gathering potatoes using a special potato combine

Potatoes and beetroots are an exception - they require unique harvesters. Furthermore, before you even start harvesting, you will need to cut stalk with special machines (these can be found in a store in harvesting potatoes / harvesting beetroots). If you want to harvest root crops in the early stages of the game, rent a harvester attacked to a tractor.

5. Storing and transporting

At first, you should use a cheap pick-up for light transportation. Some of the trailers can be linked indefinitely. - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
At first, you should use a cheap pick-up for light transportation. Some of the trailers can be linked indefinitely.

Remember - this process cannot be handled by your employees.

Different products will be stored in a different way. Crops will be placed in silos - just drop your cargo on a platform with holes, (where a feeder is located) and select load option.

Unloading the dumper - the same action is performed when moving the harvest to the silo, as well as to the store - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
Unloading the dumper - the same action is performed when moving the harvest to the silo, as well as to the store

Remember that silos have limited capacity (this can be extended by purchasing buildings but it is a very expensive investment). Root crops will be stored freely in a covered area - it's best to use the system of belts to load them again. Other products will be stored in other possible ways: straw will be stored in bales (or in piles), grass can be placed wherever you want (it doesn't disappear), cotton is packed and stored on pallets (root crops have this option as well).

6. Selling

The prices marked in green are higher than typical market price - which doesnt mean that they are the best deal available! - From sowing to harvesting - step by step - For beginners - Farming Simulator 17 Game Guide
The prices marked in green are higher than typical market price - which doesn't mean that they are the best deal available!

Selling is also a process that cannot be performed by your employees. It's important to sell products at best prices possible. Prices change every day. To learn more, check the Price tab. From time to time, when there is lack of a specific product, the prices will be very high and this will be marked with blue color. You can sell products right away, or store them and wait for a better offer. In order to sell your products, take them to one of the available selling points and place it in the unloading area. You will be paid immediately.

Tip: if you are playing in fast mode (30x+) it's best to slow it down for the remaining time of the offer.

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