Update 0.6.0 introduces a new fertilization system, allowing you to have a large responsibility in your crops’ growth. And with the revised biogas plant you can now generate and sell electricity.
With the revised biogas plant (BGP) we give you the possibility to dump chopped maize into the new silos, to compress it and finally to cover it to activate the fermentation process. After 60 days this process is finished and you can use a front loader and shovel to transfer the silage into the BGP bunker. The BGP then starts to process the silage on its own and after 20 days produces the first methane gas which is converted into electricity and then credited to your account once a month. So in order to guarantee a continuous additional income, you’ll have to make sure the bunker is filled up on a regular basis. In upcoming updates the BGP will be expanded further in its complexity.
The new dynamic silos that can now be found in the Albergtal are fundamentally different from the old ones. If you drive the trailer loads into the silo and dump them, the silo fills up at the position where you unload. You should therefore take care to unload straight and evenly into the silo so that no too steep heaps stack up. At the moment these cannot be pushed flat yet and will be added in one of the next updates. The BGP uses 12×50 meters silos, while the farm and harbor uses 12×25 meters. As with the BGA silos, the silos at the farm can be compacted and covered for fermentation.
There are new interactive 3D-Panels, so that you can operate the BGP and silos. These have been installed at the appropriate locations, which you can easily operate with the activated mouse pointer.
The traders have been revised. We have installed a new slurry trader at the harbor where you can sell your surplus slurry or buy it if necessary. Additionally, the farm cooperative now offers a multitude of granular fertilizers for use with the new Rauch Axis spreader.
The new weather system is now based on accurate hourly data. In preparation for future plant growth, we have implemented a revised weather system that transfers numerous realistic measured weather data to the game for one year. The first step was to make the weather more credible and comprehensible. In the next step the weather will also affect plant growth as mentioned above.
The field menu has been greatly revised: if you now select a field in the menu, you will get various information about the status of the field or the plants. The status on the map is also shown in color. If you click on one of the eye icons, the status of the corresponding parameter will be displayed after a short loading time. If you now exit the menu, you can monitor the status on the minimap, very helpful if you are on the road with the fertilizer spreader. The update takes place every 5 seconds.
The fertilization is an essential component when planting crops, and this update finally implements it in large detail. You’re going to have to make sure that the plants are supplied with enough nutrients. With the revised field menu you can see at a glance if the NPK values are within the green range. The revised growth levels will be divided into 100 BBCH levels. Currently only the NPK values are included in the growth process. The appropriate solid fertilizer is offered for sale at the cooperative in the city, bull slurry is available at the harbor and the farm, fermentation residues (particularly efficient!) at the BGP, and sewage sludge at the sewage treatment plant.
Many values such as NPK concentrations but also prices have been adjusted to real-life values which are based on the current fertilizer guidelines. For example: NPK concentrations in slurry are now real values. 50 fattening bulls consume about 450 tons of maize silage (9 hectares × 50 tons fresh matter per hectare) in one year and produce 360 tons of liquid manure. Almost 360 tons of slurry are also required to fertilize 9 hectares of maize if 4.1 liters of slurry per square meter is spent. This results in NPK nutrients: N = 196 kg/ha, P = 90 kg/ha, K = 221 kg/ha, equivalent to the consumption of maize. Let's assume that with Stapel liquid manure barrel you can spread 18 tons; that results in 2.2 trips per hectare. Farming is tough work: 9 hectares require about 37 trips. With this size of work, it is worth working with helpers. But to make sure that the whole thing doesn't degenerate into a difficult math lesson, we have implemented a fertilizer strategy calculator, which you can find at the cooperative as well as at the port slurry trader. The tool helps you to calculate which types and quantities of fertilizer would bring how much nutrients to the field, and what that would cost you. To do this, open the desired field in the field menu, select the reference fruit and check the target NPK quantities (in kg per hectare or lbs per acre!). Now you can combine different fertilizer types and quantities in the calculator so that these target values are reached as close as possible. Multiply the calculated fertilizer quantities by the field size and you will have the total quantities you need. We know that the topic of fertilizing can be overwhelming at first sight. In the near future we will go into this in more detail and give you instructions and/or tips.
The machines have numerous modifications. A separate fertilizer system has been added to the seed drill Hammer CornKing. The slurry barrel Stapel VT18000 now has an adjustable spread rate. In addition to that, we’re introducing the Rauch Axis 30.1 W** granular fertilizer spreader, giving you a work width option from 12 m up to 42 m. All fertilizer machines have received an “empty tank” option that allows you to refill them with a different fertilizer type.
The AI helpers have received many changes and bugfixes. The complete strategy for the unloading combines has been revised. We also fixed some bugs which caused crashes. In addition, the road network has been adjusted, e.g. we have changed almost everything at the harbor to one-way roads. The AI does not have its final state yet and we are still working on it.
Community: What makes us very happy and motivated is seeing how active the community is. The multitude of ingenious mods, the exchange and feedback in the forum and the commitment of all volunteers! Many thanks to all modders, moderators, testers and of course to the whole community! Have a look at our forum or have a look at the latest mods for CNC and give the modders feedback: https://cnc.modhoster.de/ http://forum.cattleandcrops.com/
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