Being a grower of crops is an important role. You farm both food and cash crops. Growing food is vital for a nation to increase in wealth and power.
To farm, you will require some basic tools.
|Knife||Used for harvesting crops. Can be made out of Wood, Bone, Copper, Bronze, Iron, Steel, Silver, Gold and Diamond (metal knives are made via casting in the knife molds.|
|Plough||A plough is made out of wood and used to plough fields for farming! Used once on the grass and once on the dirt underneath the grass. You can also plough snowy dirt and flooded plains dirt (found along the jungle rivers). In case of snowy grass, you will have to shovel the snow first. Lastly, there are places where you cannot plough: infertile soil, permafrost etc. You can also make an iron plough out of iron ingots to plough land faster.|
|Trench shovel||A trench shovel is made out of iron ingots and a wooden handle. A trench shovel, as the name suggests, digs trenches. To dig a trench, simply click a dirt tile twice. If you dig a trench next to water tiles, the trench will get flooded, providing crops wtih water and serving as an extra barrier.|
|Shovel||Made with either 2 bone pieces or a cast shovel head, plus a wooden handle. Used to dig irrigation channels that water crops and do not hinder your movement, unlike flooded trenches. TO dig an irrigation channel, hold a shovel in the active hand and click it, or press Ctrl-Z or Z in the hotkeys mode, then choose the respective option.|
|Seeds||Some sort of seeds to plant and grow. You may find seeds simply lying on the ground, but you can also collect them in the wilderness by using any type of knife on bushes and small bushes.|
|Seed collector||Made out of leather. Very useful for picking up seeds during large-scale farming. Have a seed collector in your active hand, stand over the seeds on the ground, then click the collector or press Ctrl-Z, and you will put the seeds in the bag. Just do not misplace it.|
Just plough a plot of land, surround said plot of land with trenches filled with fresh water or plough near a river, put some seeds in the ground and watch them grow! Well, it is a bit more nuanced.
Plants need water, some more, others less. Weather conditions and climate also affect the crops in this regard. Each crop has a maximum water level when planted.
Normally, the water level decreases at the rate of 15 per minute, and when it reaches zero, the plants wither away. However, in the hot climates of the Desert and Semi-Arid biomes, water consumption is 25 per minute. On top of that, in the event of a heatwave, plants will require more water than usual - additional 10 per minute.
There are a few ways to provide the crops with water:
Plough land within two tiles of fresh water, which is any water, except for the saltwater. The plants will have all the water they need without any extra labor.
Dig a flooded trench from the nearest fresh water to irrigate remote fields. For this a trench shovel is required, which becomes available at the 14 industrial research mark. Dig the first trench on a lakeshore or on a riverbank, then the second trench next to the first one and so on. Farming fields should be within two tiles of the water channel as well. A trench could be removed by filling it with 2 piles of dirt.
Dig an irrigation channel from the nearest fresh water, which could be done with any shovel. It functions just like flooded trenches, without the drawback of being a barrier. An irrigation channel could be removed by filling it with 1 pile of dirt.
Water the plants manually. Bring the fresh water in buckets and barrels and splash it on the ploughed field (the ground, not the plant).
Pray for the eternal rain. Rain will water the fields (at the rate of 15 per minute), but may create other inconveniences.
Many kinds of animals leave manure on the ground, which could be used to fertilize a ploughed field. Fertilizing one tile will affect all adjacent tiles or nine tiles in total. Plants that grow on the fertilized soil produce twice as much harvest.
The compost bin (10 wood, “economy and production” section) also turns food scraps, plant matter (seeds, some plants) and something unpleasant else into fertilizer. Just place it in the bin and wait for a while. Fertilizer could also be used to refuel ovens etc.
Be aware that blizzards will freeze the plants and kill them. A heatwave, as noted in the Watering section, will cause the crops to consume more water than usual. Sandstorms will also destroy the plants. You can try to cover them during the winter with tents, however, be sure to remove them in spring or they won’t keep growing!
Every time you make a ploughed field and plant seeds you gain more insight into the business of agriculture. When your farming skill reaches 1.6, examining a plant will, in general terms, tell you whether it has enough water. At 2.2, you will be able to determine the exact water level of a plant.
Different biomes have different plants that could be cultivated in them. Take notice, that some plants grow only in certain seasons. Biome restriction applies only to the largest maps: Continents, Pangea, Europe and New World.
Wet (winter and spring) and dry (summer and fall) seasons apply to the Desert, Savanna and Jungles biomes.
The table is sortable - click the headers to sort the column’s contents.
X - grows; O - doesn’t grow.
|Crop||Tundra||Taiga||Temperate||Sea||Semi-Arid||Desert||Savanna||Jungle||Season||Max Water Level||Description|
|Rice||O||O||O||X||O||O||X||X||All||30||Used as food and to make sake.|
|Apricot||O||O||X||O||O||X||X||X||All||40||Used as food.|
|Cherry||O||O||X||O||O||X||X||X||All||40||Used as food.|
|Banana||O||O||O||O||O||O||X||X||All||45||Used as food.|
|Barley||O||X||X||X||X||O||O||O||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet||50||Used as food and to make beer.|
|Beans||O||X||X||X||X||X||X||O||All||50||Used as food.|
|Cotton||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||O||Spring, Summer, Wet, Dry||50||Used to make cloth.|
|Oat||X||X||X||X||O||O||O||O||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet||50||Used as food.|
|Wheat||X||X||X||X||X||X||O||O||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet||50||Used to feed cattle, make flour and beer.|
|Tea||O||O||O||X||X||O||X||X||All||50||Drinkable, used to cure illnesses and treat toxin damage.|
|Tomato||O||O||X||X||X||X||X||X||Spring, Summer, Wet, Dry||55||Used as food.|
|Tobacco||O||O||O||O||X||X||X||X||All||55||Used to make cigars and cigarettes.|
|Mushroom||X||X||X||X||O||O||X||X||Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Wet||55||Used as food. Also, the only crop that grows underground and in caves.|
|Flax||X||X||X||O||O||O||O||O||All||60||Used to make retted fabric.|
|Hemp||O||O||O||X||X||X||X||X||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet, Dry||60||Used to make rope, retted fabric and joints.|
|Sugarcane||O||O||O||X||O||O||X||X||All||60||Used to make sugar.|
|Grapes||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||O||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet, Dry||65||Used as food and to make wine.|
|Corn||O||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Spring, Summer, Wet, Dry||70||Used as food.|
|Cabbage||X||X||X||X||X||O||O||O||All||70||Used as food.|
|Olives||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||O||All||70||Used as food and to make olive oil.|
|Carrot||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||All||75||Used as food.|
|Potato||O||X||X||O||X||O||O||O||All||75||Used as food and to make vodka.|
|Lime||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||X||All||75||Used as food.|
|Lemon||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||X||All||75||Used as food.|
|Apple||X||X||X||X||X||O||O||O||All||75||Used as food.|
|Orange||O||O||X||X||X||X||O||X||All||75||Used as food.|
|Coca||O||O||O||O||O||O||X||X||All||75||Used to make cocaine.|
|Bamboo||O||O||O||X||O||O||O||X||Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Wet||80||A construction material.|
|Coffee||O||O||O||O||X||X||X||X||All||80||A stimulant, temporarily increase movement speed.|
|Tree||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Spring, Summer, Fall, Wet, Dry||80||Cultivated to obtain wood.|
|Melon||O||O||O||O||X||X||O||X||Spring, Summer, Wet||90||Used as food.|
|Pumpkin||X||X||X||O||O||O||O||O||All||90||Used as food.|
|Peyote||O||O||O||O||O||X||O||O||All||100||A painkiller, slowly heals brain damage.|
|Coconut||O||O||O||X||O||O||O||X||All||100||Used as food.|