Welcome to your next "Crops 101" lesson of the Farming Simulator Academy! Today, we’re focusing on poplar. We’ll show you how to plant, harvest and sell it. Let’s go!
Let’s take a look at everything you need to plant and harvest poplar. Please note, you need special equipment for this task. Make sure you have the required amount of cash in your account account.
Our choice: We chose the following equipment. Usually, most farmers would use the New Holland FR 780 + New Holland 130FB header to harvest the poplar. BUT, alternatively, the Anderson BioBaler WB-55 can be used. It's far cheaper and presses the poplar directly into bales. You save almost $400,000 on equipment.
Tip! If you want to save more money, you can switch to the FARMTECH DPW 1800 trailer instead of the Anderson RBM 2000. You just have to upgrade your tractor with a front loader attacher. Then you can pick up the bales with the Fliegl Schmetterling and load bales onto the trailer manually.
* Weight attachments recommended: Click on "combinations" on the shop page of a tool to display corresponding weights to attach to your tractor. You may use one weight module for multiple tools (see our recommendation) - small weight discrepancies are not critical.
Got everything you need? Then let’s start on your assignment and plant some crops. Note, that you can only plant poplar between the beginning of March and the end of August if seasonal growth is enabled.
Step 1: Planting poplar
Get the planter of your choice attached to your tractor and head over to the field. Position yourself at one corner of the field, lower the planter and turn it on. Now, plant away!
Tip! Do yourself a favor and don’t speed up the time while doing this, or the crops will grow unevenly.
Optional: After you're done with planting, you can also use a soil roller to condense the soil and increase the yield by additional 2,5%. You don't have to, though. If small stones are left on the field, they get pushed back into the soil, so they don't damage your harvester, later.
Step 2: Apply fertilizer and lime
Fertilizer will improve the yield. Click on the bigbag category and buy the Solid Fertilizer Bigbag. Then, hook up your spreader to your tractor, position it right next to the BigBag and click the button to refill.
Back on the field, you turn it on and cover the whole field in fertilizer. It should now be fertilized to 50%, look at the right corner box while standing on the field. It’s okay if there are some tiny spots still not covered.
Does the field tell you it also needs lime? Then head back to the shop, buy lime and repeat the same procedure. If you have fertilizer left, you can unload it first at your farm.
Tip! Repeat the process after planting or activate double application rate to increase fertilization and the yield even further.
Step 3: Harvest the poplar
Unlike other crops, poplar doesn’t wither. You have all the time in the world to harvest. Take your tractor and attach the baler and the bumper. On the field, lower the machine, start the engine and proceed to harvest. The cut down poplar results in a bale as soon as the fill-limit of 2,000 liters is reached. Unload the bales directly on the ground, we pick them up later with the trailer.
If you are using the more expensive alternative (the New Holland FR 780 harvester), you can attach the Kaweco Radium 255 trailer directly to the harvester. On the field, you lower the header, start the machine, unfold the pipe and start harvesting.
Step 4: Selling the poplar
Are you done with the baling? Now, let's pick up the bales with the Anderson RBM 2000 trailer. After attaching it to your tractor, you need to activate the module that picks up the bales. Drive by the bales to pick them up, they will get loaded onto the trailer. Take a look at the prices screen to check where you can sell them for the highest price.
Tip! Wood chips from poplar can’t be stored in a silo. If you want to sell it later, you have to unload it on the ground, leave it in trailers or store the bales.
Congratulations, you harvested and sold poplar. Take your time and start on the next lesson, when you’re ready. And don’t forget to clean up your machines once in a while. Stay with the Farming Simulator Academy and you become a virtual farmer in no time!