Farming Simulator 22 will feature three new crops: grapes, olives, and sorghum. Here we have another Farming Simulator gameplay video with the new crops in play.
Why grapes, olives, and sorghum?
Giants state that they have selected grapes, olives, and sorghum because these crops require new machine types that the game has not had it before and it will enrich the game experience via that.
These crops as well will work nicely with the new game features such as production chains. As well with the new map that will have Mediterranean climate that will grow nicely there. Also, as you will plae vines manually it will be part of new build mode in FS 22.
You see, grapes and olives are not just two new crop types added to the list, but come with new gameplay mechanics that affect various parts of the game. And Sorghum? It’s very popular in the United States, perfect for our Midwest-inspired map Elmcreek. Since it’s a highly nutritious crop, it steadily gains more importance around the world in warmer regions – making it a fitting addition to the list of grains in Farming Simulator.
What’s special about the machines for grapes and olives?
Grapes and olives are special if you look at the machinery used: The vines have collisions, so you need to maneuver the machines carefully along the vines. Otherwise, you risk damaging your new crops. Be careful!
Because of that, the machines are very small and specialized compared to the usual field work. The new machinery have a working width about 1-1.5 meters. You won’t be able to drive between the vines with a big tractor.
Sadly this means that more time handling these crops will be needed. But at the end of the day, all hard work that you will do will pay off with full pockets of money.
How does the process of planting and harvesting work?
First, you plant the vines. With new build mode, you place rows of vines on your fields. Basically, you create a nicely striped vineyard. You then have to mulch the growing grass between the vines and cultivate to help the plants grow up to their full potential.
With special fertilizer machines, you spray the plants to improve the yield. As you do with other crops. After harvesting with special harvesters, you need to cut back the leaves, so the grapes can grow anew. This is required for grapes only, and is not needed for olives.
Remember, if you have seasonal growth activated, you need to mind the crop calendar. Grapes and olives have to be planted between March and the end of June. As for the harvest, grapes will be ready in September until the end of October. Olives need to be harvested in October. Sorghum, on the other hand, needs to be sown from April to May and harvested between August and the end of September.
Find out more about seasonal cycles in Farming Simulator 22!
What can you do with the harvested crops?
As you know by now, you don’t have to stop with harvesting and selling crops. Grapes, olives, and sorghum can be processed at a production plant. And, you have several options, too.
Grapes can be processed into grape juice, or even raisins. You can then deliver them to other production plants like the cereal factory or to a selling point like the supermarket. Olives can be taken to the oil mill to be processed into olive oil. Sorghum, as a type of grain, can be processed into flour at the grain mill.
Find out more about production chains in Farming Simulator 22!