Welcome to your next "Crops 101" lesson of the Farming Simulator Academy! Today, we’re focusing on sugarcane. We’ll show you how to plant, harvest and sell it. Let’s go!
(Video coming soon!)
We chose the following equipment. For sugarcane, you need specialized equipment. Make sure you have the required amount of cash in your account balance. Otherwise, you should start with another crop! Like grains.
* Weight attachments recommended: Click on "combinations" on the shop page of a tool to display corresponding weights to attach to your tractor. You may use one weight module for multiple tools (see our recommendation) - small weight discrepancies are not critical.
Got everything you need? Then let’s start on your assignment and plant some crops. Note, that you can only plant sugarcane between the beginning of March and the end of April if seasonal growth is enabled.
Step 1: Planting sugarcane
Get the planter attached to your tractor and fill it with seeds by positioning it next to a bigbag. Then, choose sugarcane as a bigbag contains seeds for all crops. Head over to the field. Position yourself at one corner of the field, lower the planter and turn it on. Now, plant away!
Tip! Do yourself a favor and don’t speed up the time while planting, or the crops will grow unevenly.
Optional: After you're done with planting, you can also use a soil roller to condense the soil and increase the yield by additional 2,5%. You don't have to, though. If small stones are left on the field, they get pushed back into the soil, so they don't damage your harvester, later.
Step 2: Apply fertilizer and lime
Fertilizer will improve the yield. Click on the bigbag category and buy the Solid Fertilizer Bigbag. Then, hook up your spreader to your tractor, position it right next to the BigBag and click the button to refill.
Back on the field, you turn it on and cover the whole field in fertilizer. It should now be fertilized to 50%, look at the right corner box while standing on the field. It’s okay if there are some tiny spots still not covered.
Does the field tell you it also needs lime? Then head back to the shop, buy lime and repeat the same procedure. If you have fertilizer left, you can unload it first at your farm.
Tip! Repeat the process after planting to increase the fertilization to 100%. The yield will be even higher.
Step 3: Getting rid of weeds
Soon, the first weeds spawn on the field. Take your weeder to get rid of it before the crops grow past the first stage. In the first stage, you can still use the weeder to remove weeds. After that, you’d need a field sprayer, but let’s try to avoid that in favor of our finances. If you play with crop destruction, use a tractor with narrow tires, otherwise a lot of plants get destroyed. Got rid of it? Good, now we wait again, until the crops are fully grown.
Step 4: Harvest the sugarcane
With seasonal growth enabled, sugarcane has to be harvested between October and November. Now, we take our machines and go to the field of fully grown sugarcane. This is what you need to do when you use the recommended machines:
When you harvest the sugarcane now, it will automatically fill the trailer via the pipe that's positioned directly over the trailer. When it's full, you need to store or sell it. If you want to sell it later, you have to unload it on the ground or leave it in trailers for the time being.
Step 5: Selling the sugarcane
Look for the best-selling point on the prices screen and unload the trailer in the designated area. You might want to look at the price fluctuations, too. You might make more money, if you sell it later. Sugarcane can’t be stored in a silo, though.
Congratulations, you harvested and sold sugarcane. Take your time and start on the next lesson, when you’re ready. And don’t forget to clean up your machines once in a while. Stay with the Farming Simulator Academy and you become a virtual farmer in no time!