"There grew there a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie."
– Sir John Mandeville, The Travels
Whilst legends have circulated for a long time in Europe concerning "the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary", it is only with the discovery of the New World variants of this remarkable plant that its uses and the methods for its cultivation have been brought to more extensive application in the fields of agriculture. Cotton Planting allows you to plant, harvest and process cotton.
Seeds for plants are recovered in various ways depending on the plant.
As a note, each crop unit provides a maximum number of seeds based on the crop type.
That number can be lower and one of them almost always have less than the maximum because Grains need to be winnowed for seeds.
This is done with the Thresh Cereals command.
This destroys the ears of grain, though, so you can either get seed or grind in a windmill for flour.
Cabbage produces a seed stalk.
When the cabbage field is harvested, you get several heads of cabbage and a seed stalk.
Simply place the seed stalk in the container and wait 48 hours for it to dry to collect the seeds.
- When a field is at 100% upkeep the following are required to plant 1 field of a crop:
- 15 seeds of Cabbage
- 50 seeds of Cereal
- 50 seeds of Corn
- 50 seeds of Cotton
- 15 seeds of Potato
- 50 seeds of Pumpkin
- 50 seeds of Tobacco
- When the field is 50% upkeep the following are required:
- 7 seeds of Cabbage
- 25 seeds of Cereal
- 25 seeds of Corn
- 25 seeds of Cotton
- 7 seeds of Potato
- 25 seeds of Pumpkin
- 25 seeds of Tobacco
Seeds of Pumpkin can be obtained from any pumpkin by slicing it.
A field has four influence bars that affect the type of products produced. When the field is harvested, one bar increases by 5 points times the influence percentage. (The increase is less if you have not yet learned the Three-field System skill.) The other three bars are reduced by 5 points.
For example, the field
has had its influence bars raised by growing cabbage, grains, and cotton. Higher tier products can be obtained on this field: either tier 2 Cabbage or Cereal or tier 3 Cotton, Tobacco, Pumpkin, or Corn. The relevant influence bars for each type of crop are as follows.
Crop Tiered products from Gives to Cabbage 3 4 1 Ear of Cereal 4 1 2 Cotton 1 2 3 Pumpkin 2 3 4 Corn 1 3 2 Potato 3 4 1 Tobacco 1 2 3
One way of taking advantage of the tiered system is to designate a primary crop for each field and rotate crops that raise the bars it needs to get better products for that crop. For example, for better types of cotton, you can first grow cabbage and cereal to raise the first and second bars.
Fields will produce higher tier crops as the influence bars get high enough. The following is a table of the various tiers of crops.
The type of product produced by a field is determined by the sum of the two relevant bars:
- if the sum is between 0 and 50 the field produces all tier 1 products.
- if the sum is between 50 and 100 the field produces both tier 1 and tier 2 products.
- if the sum is between 100 and 150 the field produces tier 2 products.
- if the sum is between 150 and 200, the field produces both tier 2 and tier 3 products.
If the sum is below 150, then the tier 2 product is in the same order on the two tables. For example, a field with the first bar at 100 and the second at 0 could produce Indian Cotton, while a field with the first bar at 0 and the second at 100 could produce Egyptian Cotton. If the sum is above 150, then the lower of the two influence bars determines the type of tier 2 product. For example, a field with the first bar at 95 and the second bar at 80 could produce a mixture of Sea Island Cotton and Egyptian Cotton.
The base growth time are as follows:
Plant Type Base Cabbage 3 Days Corn 3 Days Cotton 4 Days Ear of Cereals 3 Days Potato 4 ½ Days Pumpkin 8 Days Tobacco ? Days
This table shows a way to get Tier 3 crops (Wanted Result) while getting particular Tier 2 products (2nd Rotation). In this case you want the second crop to actually use influence bar raised by first crop, in order to get higher tier results while raising influence for the final product. Items in brackets in 3rd column are possible 2nd tier products you may receive.
Wanted Result 1st Rotation 2nd Rotation Cabbage Cotton Pumpkin (Sugar Treat, Connecticut Field, Harvest Moon) Cotton Cabbage Ear of Cereals (Ear of Barley) Cabbage Corn (White Corn) Ear of Cereal Pumpkin Cabbage (Head of White Cabbage) Pumpkin Ear of Cereals Cotton (Egyptian Cotton) Corn Cotton (Egyptian Cotton) Cotton Corn (Blue Corn) Corn Cabbage Cotton (Indian Cotton) Cotton Cabbage (Head of Green Cabbage)
The highlight around each crop is to indercate which bile it is alined to, red-blood, blue-phlem, yellow-Ybile, black-Bbile. Cotten has a purple highlight since it looks odd without one.
How to use
Lets say you wanted to grow teir 3 cabbage. Find it on the table and look to see which two teir 1 crops are touching its position. For cabbage that is Cotton and pumpkin. Thus you need the third (cotton) and fourth (pumpkin) bars to be filled to get teir 3 cabbage. If the cotton bar is higher then you will get green cabbage as well as the red. Ig the pumpkin bar is higher then you will get white cabbage as well as red.
Another Crop Table, updated by Murphy [http://forum.salemthegame.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1603&p=224424#p224424]
You should fertilize right after you plant as you can no longer fertilize after crops are can be harvested. Each fertilizer can have one or more effects on the field:
- This reduces the amount of Humus needed to prepare a field as well as the amount of seeds needed to replant the field. The values after calculating for upkeep are base quantity * (Upkeep/100) This value has a bottom cap of 50%. Adding Wood Choppings to the field improves the upkeep by lowering the Upkeep value. Example: a field at 50% Upkeep will require 2 Humus to prepare and 25 Seeds of Grain to plant where as 100% upkeep requires 5 humus and 50 seeds.
- This value increases the yield of a field when harvested. Currently, planting a field provides a random amount plenty from 0% to a percentage equal to the planter's Stocks & Cultivars/100. The S&C bonus doesn't affect the fertilizer stacking penalty.
- This value reduces the growth time of the field. Normally, a field advances one stage every 24 hours and the speed value reduces that time. For example, a field at 200% speed should gain a stage of growth every 12 hours.
- This value boosts the amount of gain for the influence generated by the crop, this is important for getting higher tier crops. The full bonus is awarded regardless of the stage the crop is when harvested.
Fertilizer Type Upkeep Plenty Speed Influence Bloom - - ▲ 700 - Bonemeal - ▲ 100 - - Clay - - ▽ 50 ▲ 60 Coal - ▽ 50 ▲ 50 - Crown Manure - ▲ 250 ▲ 125 ▲ 150 Dross - - ▲ 200 - Egg Shell - - ▲ 90 ▲ 48 Fertile Turkey Droppings - ▲ 90 ▲ 180 ▲ 108 Hay - - - ▲ 110 Humus - ▲ 25 ▲ 50 ▲ 29 Lime - ▲ 50 ▽ 50 - Little Limestone - ▲ 500 - - Mysterious Lillypad - - - ▲ 1100 Rotten Fruit - - ▲ 180 ▲ 108 Turkey Droppings - ▲ 40 ▲ 90 ▲ 48 Wood Choppings ▽ 20 - - - Pig Manure - ▲ 150 ▲ 100 ▲ 120 Cow Manure - ▲ 150 ▲ 150 ▲ 180 Sheep Manure - ▲ 100 ▲ 250 ▲ 120 Goat Manure - ▲ 100 ▲ 100 ▲ 180 Guano - ▲ 475 ▲ 625 ▲ 270 Whale Excrement ▽ 40 - - -
After a field is harvested, plenty, speed and influence are reset to 100%. After planting, each field loses 5% upkeep. For example, if you want to keep your field at 50%, then after you replant, you will need to lower the upkeep value from 55% to 50%.
- Hint: if you apply Wood Choppings as the fourth fertilizer, it will add 5% upkeep; doing it sooner just makes the other fertilizers less effective for no gain and doing it later will require 2 wood choppings.
Finally, the more fertilizers used on a field, the less effective next fertilizer becomes. Each fertilizer counts as one, so a Wood Chopping, a Coal, a Humus, and a Clay counts as four fertilizers, which would be the same reduction as using four Humus. The page for each fertilizer shows the amount of improvement for each field effect taking the number of previous applications of fertilizer into account.
- Note on cotton: It takes 10 clean cotton to produce a single cotton sheet, this can be achieve by a single field with approximately 200% plenty value.(click image below for larger version)