Fertilize those Fields

Another Farming Simulator 2015 game tip.  This post is primarily geared to those playing either the default maps (Bjornholm or Westbridge Hills) or any other map where the soil mod hasn’t been incorporated.  For me personally, I have yet to experiment with the soil mod, but it is something I’m interested in when the right map comes along.

Just like in real life conditions, our virtual farm fields need extra nutrients to grow crops.  For those starting out in the game you have a few different options to consider.  All fertilizing options do the exact same thing with regards to crop yield and there is no benefit to using more than one method on the same field.  In other words, using two or more different types of fertilizer will not further increase the crop yield.  But simply applying one fertilizer option will double your crop yield versus not using fertilizer at all. Bottom line…fertilizing is a MUST down on the farm!

Before we get started breaking down the different types of fertilizer and the equipment needed for the job, allow me to briefly explain what crops can be fertilized.  This will be easy and is best said that all crops with exception to grass can be fertilized to increase their yield.  If you are going to plant a field (or already have a field planted) in grass, no fertilizer type will aid in the growth or yield produced.  This is unfortunate, but it just just how Giants developed the game.  So fertilize everything else (wheat, barley, canola, corn etc. etc.) but don’t waste your time, money and fuel to place fertilizer (any type) on grass as it will not make any difference.

Finally, let’s briefly discuss when to fertilize.  Which ever type of fertilizer you decide to use (see below) the time to fertilize will more or less be the same.  Applying fertilizer can be done either before sowing or anytime after sowing up to the final growth stage.  I typically apply fertilizer immediately after sowing/planting.  You’ll easily be able to tell where you’ve applied fertilizer as the soil will be slightly darker in appearance.

Types of Fertilizer

For the default maps (again Bjornholm and Westbridge) you basically have three options to choose from regarding the types of fertilizer you have available to use.  These are granular or powder type fertilizer, liquid fertilizer and finally manure.  You know….the byproduct from the cows.  However, in the very initial stages of game play….we really must rule out the option of using manure.  Manure (both solid and liquid) most certainly can be used as fertilizer and the cost for the fertilizer itself will be free….but again in the early stages of game play you simply will not have enough available to do the job.  In addition, as I’ve described in a recent blog post regarding “Compost…Another Lucrative Business” you may be better off selling both the liquid manure and solid manure versus using it as fertilizer.

Granular Fertilizer

Of the three fertilizer types, the white granular fertilizer is the easiest to apply to your fields.  The Amazone ZA-M 1501 with a 3,000 liter capacity is generally supplied as starting equipment on the default maps of Bjornholm and Westbridge Hills.  This spreader can be mounted to any three point hitch and has a wide coverage of 26,0m.  As you accumulate more wealth, the pull-behind Amazone ZG-B 8200 model should most certainly be considered as the capacity more than doubles to 8,200 liters.

Liquid Fertilizer

Just a reminder, this blog posting is geared to those playing the default maps or any other map where the soil mod hasn’t been applied.   The soil mod does change how fertilizer and other soil treatments are applied for optimum results.  For the purpose of this blog article, we are strictly discussing maps where the soil mod is not in place.

The process for applying liquid fertilizer is much the same as the granular type.  However, different equipment is used.  In the default “in-game” store you’ll find the Amazone UF 1801 sprayer.  This sprayer is designed to mount on the rear of the tractor.  An additional storage take can be purchased which mounts to the front of the tractor.  The main rear mounted sprayer when unfolded has a working width of 24,0m.  This can become a challenge on maps with smaller fields or those with fences, gates and trees near by.  Again, there is no advantage to using liquid over granular.  They both provide the same yield when applied to the field.


As previously stated, the use of manure for fertilizing purposes in the early stages of farming really isn’t an option.   First, the cost of the equipment is considerably more expensive than the spreader or sprayers.  Second, the amount required to cover even a small field will be more than what can be made from a few head of dairy cows.  Unfortunately, of the three default livestock (chickens, dairy cows and sheep) only the dairy cows produce manure.   But as you grow your farming empire and add more and more dairy cows…the manure will start to pile up (literally) and can most certainly be used as fertilizer.

Manure is essentially broken down into two types.  Solid manure and liquid manure or slurry.  Both types (along with granular and liquid fertilizer) when applied by itself will double the crop yield.  Remember, the best we can do is double the yield.  Applying all available fertilizer types is only wasting time, fuel and money and will not increase the yield beyond double.

The in-game equipment for both solid manure and liquid slurry will work well in applying to the field.  The cost of the equipment is in proportion of the capacity.  In the case of slurry, a large 55,000 liter capacity storage trailer can be used to store slurry near the field to decrease the travel time to refill.

Just as a reminder, consider reading the blog article I wrote a few weeks ago titled “Compost – Another Lucrative Business”.  This may get you thinking about better ways of using manure and slurry to increase your income versus using it for fertilizer.

In closing, regardless if you are just starting out or have been farming in your virtual world for some time, there really is no excuse not to fertilize.  I hope this article has provided you the information you need to make the decisions on what type of fertilizer to use and the equipment required to perform the job.  “Down on Jerry’s Farm” I use the white granular fertilizer and own both the three point hitch  mounted spreader and the pull-behind model.

Until next time…

Happy Farming!!!


Farming Simulator 2015 Mowing Tip

In the initial stages of building your farming empire, grass will be a key element.  Most maps provide an almost endless supply and you’ll need to quickly get started mowing in order to provide feed to sheep and dairy cows.  In addition,  you may want to cut grass to kick start your silage making process.  Finally, cut grass does have value and a loading wagon full will bring you some quick cash for a little bit of effort.  But after some time you might want to consider corn as the better silage producing solution especially if you plan to keep a large population of livestock on the farm.

But regardless, mowing grass will always be a task you’ll need to routinely do if you plan to raise livestock.  Your sheep population will work at 110% with grass and water.  But your dairy cattle will need a little more than just grass and water to get them up to 110% production.  Actually…a lot more!  You’ll need the important TMR or total mixed ration.  In terms of Farming Simulator 2015, TMR is a mix of hay, straw and silage.  You can use the “in game” mixing wagons to load your hay and straw bales along with silage.  From what I’ve read in the forums, the mixture is typically one bale of hay, one bale of straw and four buckets of silage.

If you are playing on the Ringwoods Farm map (like I am) or have installed one of the placeable mixing station mods, then all you really need to do is fill the mixing station and it will mix and portion the correct blend of materials to make TMR.  The mixing station which is pre-installed on the Ringwoods Farm map (there are two) will hold 50,000 liters of hay, straw and silage.  A full station easily supports my 75 dairy cows and 25 calves with much to spare.

As I use these mixing stations to support my growing livestock population, I do not need to bale hay or straw.  I typically will pickup the straw from my wheat and barley harvests and store that material in my large shed.  In addition, I grow most of my corn for chaff production and will send a portion to the BGA bunker and the other half to my south farm bunker to ferment into silage.  But of course I still need a steady supply of hay for TMR.

As I said at the top of the blog posting, there is an almost endless supply of grass on most maps.  Most fields will have fairly large borders of grass and mowing the grass areas along side the roads is also a great idea.  I routinely drive a tractor with a front mounted mower pulling the small Euroboss pickup wagon.  However, I also have a small field planted in grass.  This field is located near my cow farm and on average will yield about 60,000 liters of grass or hay.


Using the windrower to gather up the grass for easy pickup.

Now what I’m going to tell you next was learned somewhat by accident.  I had been mowing this field every day in order to build up a stockpile of hay.  I would cut the grass, tedder the grass to turn it into hay, rake the hay into windrows with the windrower and then finally collect it with my large loading wagon.  But one day after I mowed, I got distracted with harvesting cotton and sunflower and failed to finish the rest of the steps.  Once I completed the rest of the tasks on the farm it was getting near dark so I bumped up the time to fast forward to the next day.  As the sun was rising on my brand new day I set out to complete my usual tasks.  Low and behold, I realized I had left cut grass on field 10 and new grass had of course grown.  Of course, this is what would happen in real life.


The large 50,000 liter loading wagon makes quick work in picking up grass, hay or straw.

I climbed into my tractor and mowed field 10, I then ran the tedder over it, raked it and picked up the hay.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn the yield had almost doubled from 60,000 on a single cut to 99,356 liters with the double cut.  Considering it takes the same amount of time to tedder and rake the field regardless if it’s been cut once or twice and only slightly longer (due to more trips to dump the grass/hay) this seems to be an easy way to almost double the yield.


Dumping grass to add to my growing stockpile of grass/hay, straw and silage.

I haven’t tested if I cut the grass each day for three days, four days or five days if the yield will continue to increase.  But if I don’t have time to cut, rake and gather one day…I do typically mow and then will mow again the next day and complete the process.  This of course would likely NOT be the process in real life.  But then again this is just our virtual farming world and what ever we decide to make of it.

I hope you enjoy this tip and I hope it helps you.  Thanks for reading!

Until next time…

Happy Farming!!!


P.S.  I did conduct another test where I mowed field 10 for five consecutive days (around the same time each day) then I ran the tedder over it, raked it and picked up the hay.  The result of this test was only 100,156 liters of hay which is only slightly more than the two day test I had conducted last week.  So unfortunately instead of getting five times the yield, I still only received two times the yield.  This end result probably best illustrates actual real-life results where the cut grass would eventually impede the growth of new grass. Bottom line:  You can certainly cut the grass the first day then cut the second day again (or second growth cycle) then tedder, rake and pickup and receive the extra yield for slightly less work.  But any more than twice is just wasted effort on the part of mowing.  You won’t get any benefit from it.


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