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Anyone can verify if a field needs tending. "The crops grow steadily" means the field is in order, while "It could use a touch from the rake or some other farming tool" means it can be tidied with a rake. If the description mentions "rotting old weeds", the field is overgrown and can no longer be harvested.
Level 10 farmers can determine which type of crop is growing in a field, except at the lowest growth level ("freshly sown").
Level 15 farmers can mouse over a field and determine crop type, and whether or not the field is tended or untended (ie needs farming)up to one tile away.
Level 20 farmers can determine the growth level of a field. The levels are, chronologically sorted:
You see a patch of freshly sown field.
A few green blades pop out of the ground.
Small sprouts with many blades grow here.
The sprouts are growing, a bit above half their mature height.
The field is almost at full height.
The field is at full height and ready to harvest!
The field is at full height and ready to harvest! (Used to be: The field is overaged, and some crop has been ruined.)
(rotten old weeds, crops completely ruined)
Level 30 farmers can determine Whether a tile needs tending/farming(up to two tiles away). You can now see if the field is ripe (up to one tile away).
The stages displayed (in order) are:
Level 60 farmers can determine the number of items they will get after a harvest when they examine the field. It should be noted however, that the number it shows is not very accurate but more of a minimum, since luck and other factors change the final number (you should get a messageof the minimum you will harvest from the field when you examine it).
Rake for farming
Scythe for harvesting wheat, barley, oat and rye
No tool is required when harvesting any of the other crops.
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the higher the skill the better chance of getting a higher yield at harvest(all levels were tested on cotton fields so it may differ on other crops)
at 20 skill you will get a guaranteed 3
at 23 skill you will get a chance at 4 (12/28/12 on pristine (cotton))
at 40 skill you will get a guaranteed 4 (42 for wemp)
at 60 skill you will get a guaranteed 6
Tending your crops with a rake can also give you a slight skill boost when harvesting. If you tend your crops twice during their growing cycle you get roughly a 5-6 point boost, so if you were harvesting a tended crop and have 54 skill you will get 6 yield.
Incorrect values as of the Farming overhaul. Needs conformation for new yields.
- New farming yields -
at skill 20 and under with no raking the yield will be 1, with raking, you will get 2.
at skill 50 with no raking the yield will be 3.
at skill 60 with no raking the yield will be 4, raking will increase yield by 1 or 2.
Animals grazing from a field increases the yield
Skill gain and Success
There are five different messages upon tending a field:
The field is tended - Failure
The field is now tended - Weak success, farming skill gain
The field looks better after your tending - Mediocre success, farming skill gain
The field is now groomed - Good success, no farming skill gain
The field is now nicely groomed - Excellent success, no farming skill gain
The success rate does not seem to influence crop output, but it gives feedback on the difficulty of the crop vs your farming skill. Need to verify if rake quality influences the difficulty curve.
Farmer at 50 skill
Crofter at 70 skill
Master Farmer at 90 skill
Pumpkin King at 100 skill
At the current time, reed still use the old look; it does not have an updated crop image.