Frustration with Potatoes...

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Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by spincast1123 » Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:00 pm

Why is only possible to harvest 4 rows of potatoes per pass? What is it with the planting, removing the tops and harvesting Potatoes that there is no way to mass plant, remove the tops and harvest such small numbers on each pass when I have seen machines that can remove tops and harvest 12 rows per pass. I spent 3 hours removing tops and harvesting 3.02 Ha and have vowed to never grow potatoes again. Wondering if there is a Mod to "Upgrade" and create the 12 row harvester. The same goes for Sugar Beets... 6.22 Ha in 4 hours.... These 2 crops just don't seem to be worth the time and machines cost, even with leasing.
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by BulletBill » Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:16 pm

spincast1123 wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:00 pm
Why is only possible to harvest 4 rows of potatoes per pass? What is it with the planting, removing the tops and harvesting Potatoes that there is no way to mass plant, remove the tops and harvest such small numbers on each pass when I have seen machines that can remove tops and harvest 12 rows per pass. I spent 3 hours removing tops and harvesting 3.02 Ha and have vowed to never grow potatoes again. Wondering if there is a Mod to "Upgrade" and create the 12 row harvester. The same goes for Sugar Beets... 6.22 Ha in 4 hours.... These 2 crops just don't seem to be worth the time and machines cost, even with leasing.
In real life most potato harvesters are only 4-6 rows, often it's just 2 row trailed ones. This is because of the depth of soil they have to work in and the nature of how the crop is harvested. Just be glad GIANTS haven't done a realistic working speed. In real life it can be as slow as 2mph or even less.

Your 12 row harvesters are extremely rare in the agricultural world.

Also with anything like this, at what point do you completely disregard any realism.

You can modify a combine harvester to harvest the entire map in 1 pass if you want to.

With the game being an endless sandbox game with no end, why be rushing to get the job done? Enjoy the processes of each job and the scenery of the map.
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Mwal » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:28 pm

Don’t think I have ever saw a 12 row potato harvester, pretty common in beet harvesters where I’m from. Spudnik or harriston are a lot of the potato equipment where I’m from if ya wanna take a look

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Earnest Pea » Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:52 pm

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Mwal » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:48 am

That’s a six row using windrowers not a twelve row harvester that tops and harvests twelve rows.

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Illinois Farmer » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:57 am

Those 2 machines equal 12, but not 1 machine doing everything.
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Mwal » Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:09 am

Yeah and I’m not even sure how you would make that work in game without follow me or courseplay and even those would be complicated. They would have to do some serious AI work to have those windrowers work in tandem like that because currently they can hardly run the harvester 😂

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Illinois Farmer » Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:21 am

Ha yeah that would be real tough to implement.
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by mike33s » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:25 pm

In the second video what's the Deere with the row crop duals doing in front of the truck? It runs forward, then reverses back. I'm assuming it is compacting the ground enough that the truck doesn't sink in and get stuck?

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Mwal » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:40 pm

That’s my guess, the windrowers loosen the ground up so much the trucks get the hops and dig in. He also has a safety pull on as well

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by JWE75 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:06 pm

Potatoes harvesting/farming is so much harder work in real life (done that) so no complains from here regarding FS. Many machines takes 3 - 4 rows max anyway. And back in the day 1 row and we collected by hands ;)

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Earnest Pea » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:21 pm

Mwal wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:48 am
That’s a six row using windrowers not a twelve row harvester that tops and harvests twelve rows.
Sorry... just snagged them quickly without really check the content. My fault.
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Mwal » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:22 pm

Earnest Pea wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:21 pm

Sorry... just snagged them quickly without really check the content. My fault.
No problem, would be neat to see stuff like that, not terribly long ago there was an article floating around about a potato equipment company from Canada having talks with giants so hopefully it means more equipment to do with root crops in the future. Would love to see spudnik stuff also since they are part of the Grimme group.

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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by Earnest Pea » Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:25 pm

The link is in this thread: More potato stuff incomming?
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Re: Frustration with Potatoes...

Post by road_clam » Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:46 am

Not only is potatoes only "4 row" , with that minimal rows it's a huge PIA to stay on track of your row. I always play with full driver input (no GPS, no courseplay etc..) and you have to stay SO intently focused on driving the harvester. Once you jump a row, it's very hard to get back to a perfectly clean row. I'll only harvest a potato field if I buy it already planted. There's good money in potatoes but you gotta work some serious long hours for that crop income.

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