In our Farthest Frontier farming guide, we’ll show you how to create profitable fields, protect yourself from crop failures, and make your agriculture flourish.
Table of Contents
1) How do you start a productive field?
It’s best to start with small fields in Farthest Frontier, as they don’t take as long to deploy. Also, their size is not set in stone and can be changed at any time. From experience, we recommend that you start with 3 to 4 fields. This will allow you to grow different foods at the same time and you won’t have trouble with crop rotation.
With fewer fields, the risk of wild animals or plant diseases like mildew ruining your harvest is too high. The more fields you have, the better you can compensate for such shortages.
2) How does crop rotation work in Farthest Frontier?
When it comes to crop rotation in Farthest Frontier, you can see how thought out and extensive the simulation aspect of the game is. Almost everything that affects crop growth in the real world also plays a role in Farthest Frontier. The season, the temperature, diseases, and the right soil; everything has to be taken into account. Let’s go through the process step by step.
A field is quickly planned: You click on “Food” and then simply drag the mouse on the map to the area you want to cultivate. The minimum size is 5×5 fields and the maximum is 12×12. Then your workers start planting the field.
Depending on how even the ground is and how many weeds and stones are in the way, this can take a while. You should also make sure that your people stop working when there’s frost on the ground in winter.
Once the process is complete, you can start cultivating. To do this, first select the year in which the plant will be sown. You don’t have to worry about the seeds themselves. Your villagers have all kinds of seeds in their repertoire from the beginning. You can find the years in the upper part of the screen. I stands for the current year, II for the next, and III for the year after the next.
After you’ve clicked on the respective year, you’ll find an overview of all plants on the right side. If you move the cursor over one of them, its needs, growing time and other useful details will be displayed. By clicking on it, you can add it to the year you are working on. If you want to remove one, you can do that at any time by clicking on the red X.
On the time axis of the three years, the growth time is also visually displayed. The amount of space taken up by the plant symbol indicates how long the maturing process takes. It should be noted that wheat and other cereals need a very long time, which means that you can’t combine them in the same year on one field. It’s best to add beans or turnips to their fields.
Once selected, the sowings will repeat automatically every three years. Adjustments become necessary when your settlers ask for new products or more complex food, or when you expand your fields. You also need to keep an eye on soil fertility and restore it regularly. But more about this in the next point of our Farthest Frontier farming guide.
3) How can you increase your soil fertility?
Choose the right location
The yield of your crop depends not only on the weather conditions and the prevention of diseases but also on the fertility of the area. So, choose a location with good soil for your fields. The fertility bonus in Farthest Frontier is displayed as an overlay on the map when you move the fields.
Some plants improve the quality of the soil. These include clover, peas, and beans. Clover has the greatest effect, but you can’t sell or consume it. However, if the soil fertility of one of your fields is severely impaired, it’s worthwhile to push a clover period into one of the years. After all, even peas and beans don’t thrive very well in poor fields.
Build a compost yard
A compost yard is also useful for farming in Farthest Frontier. After all, your city continuously produces waste that you can use as fertilizer. It’s best to build one near your farmers’ buildings at the beginning of your settlement, designate a resident as a waste collector, and then select the field you want to fertilize once a year.
Clay and sand
The soil mixture also affects the yield of your fields. Some crops prefer clay, while others like sand. By adding the respective material, you can get a bonus of 10%.
Cows also have a positive effect on the terrain. If you let your cattle graze on a meadow for some time, it makes sense to cultivate fields on it later. As a result, the soil will have excellent fertility from the very beginning.
4) Farthest Frontier Farming Guide: Other tips and tricks
Watch out for rocks and weeds
Field maintenance is paramount to long-term farming in Farthest Frontier. If you just started with your field, you’ll probably have to do it several times a year. This involves removing rocks and weeds so your vegetables can grow without problems. Over time, the rotation will shorten so that you only need to send someone out for maintenance every few years. You can select the maintenance period by clicking on the farmer icon.
Build fences, walls, and gates
Wild animals and scavengers can significantly minimize your harvest. While you defend yourself against ravenous fauna with wooden fences, you must build stone walls against human thieves. For your farmers to be able to continue their work, you also need gates.
At the beginning of the game, you should start right away with wooden fences and place them around each field. Later, when you have enough stones, upgrade them.
Pay attention to harvest time and storage
Every crop can spoil. Therefore, it’s important to stagger harvest times so that ripe fruits don’t have to wait too long to be picked up. But it’s not just in the field that vegetables can go moldy. Products do not last forever in storage either. Cabbage and leeks fare the worst in this regard and should be consumed quickly. Beans and carrots, on the other hand, are long-lived and should not be kept for a while.
5) Which plants are the best for cultivation?
- Turnips belong in at least one of your fields to start with. They are very quick and easy to grow, have good weather resistance, and can be harvested several times a year.
- Peas earn you money while improving soil fertility. Since cold does not deter them, but heat kills them, you should not grow them in the summer. However, they are a good choice in other seasons.
- Beans also increase fertility but have a lower selling price than peas. On the other hand, they don’t spoil as fast.
- Carrots, as mentioned earlier, also have an above-average shelf life in Farthest Frontier. However, you should only let them thrive in well-maintained fields, as their growth is severely affected by stones. Frost, however, does not bother them.
- Buckwheat is a complex plant with many needs to consider. But in return, it has a shorter growing season than other grains, is heat resistant, and can also keep weeds out.
- Clover is used for restoring soil fertility. You won’t make money with it, nor can you consume it. Nevertheless, it’s part of a well-timed crop rotation and should be grown between two periods of nutrient-intensive crops, such as flax.
- Said flax lowers fertility but is necessary for tailoring. It’s used to make linen, which is ultimately processed into clothing.
- Cabbage has the advantage that it doesn’t mind the weather. Whether cold or warm, it always thrives. Unless the soil quality is not optimal. In this respect, the vegetable, which can only be kept for a short time, turns out to be extremely picky.
- Leek has a similarly long growth period as cereals but is temperature-resistant. While it can be grown year-round, we advise against overproducing it due to its moderate shelf life.
- Wheat is demanding. It needs fertile soil and can catch diseases, but it has a long shelf life and is also essential if you want to make flour or beer.
- Rye is less demanding on its environment, both in terms of soil and temperatures. On the other hand, it yields less than wheat.
How can PLITCH help you with your farming?
Our Farthest Frontier farming guide should have your cash register ringing in no time. After all, farming is a profitable business in the game.
To help your crops grow a bit faster, PLITCH’s Farthest Frontier cheats offer you many ways to get faster yields. For example, increase the game speed to speed up the cycles or change the time to have the perfect month for sowing.
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Need more tips to get off to a good start in the game? Then check out our Farthest Frontier beginner tips and tricks!