Manor Lords – Best Farming Tips for Beginners

Many new players of Manor Lords claim that farming is bad since it defies logic and the game does a poor job of teaching it. However, after you pick up a few tricks, you’ll be reaping enormous rewards.

Useful Tips to Farming

Seasons

  • September is the official “harvest season” when villagers will automatically harvest any grown crops over 15%.
  • In October/November you’re meant to sow new crops before winter.
  • If crops aren’t fully sown before winter, the fields get nuked.
  • However, you can actually plough, sow, and harvest any time outside September and winter with no penalty.
  • It’s better to sow earlier in the year to get more time farming.

Field Setup

  • Make rectangular fields – this shape is most efficient for oxen ploughing.
  • Medium 1-3 morgen fields are ideal – not too big to be inefficient.
  • Fertility doesn’t impact yield as long as it doesn’t hit 0 while crops grow.

Ploughing

  • Always upgrade to the heavy plow and assign oxen. Hand ploughing is very slow.
  • You can “pre-plough” many fields with oxen before sowing.

Sowing

  • Set different field priorities to avoid villager indecision between multiple fields.
  • Plan an efficient sowing route to minimize villager travel time.

Harvesting

  • Also prioritize harvest fields to avoid indecision.
  • Use “force early harvest” if harvesting outside September.
  • Deselect fields after full harvest so oxen retrieve the yield instead of villagers.

Crop Storage

  • Harvested crops go to the farmhouse storage initially.
  • Build housing near farmhouses that use the respective crop types.

Timing

  • Sowing earlier gives more total farming time but risks winter killing immature crops.
  • Later harvests let you pre-plough many fields first while still harvesting summer crops.

With some micromanagement and good field layouts, you can get over 1500+ harvest yields per year, even with just 8 farming families. Farming is quite viable if done properly.

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A lifelong gamer Jan Bakowski, also known as Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. He lives in Poland (Wrocław). His passion for games began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998. Proud owner of Steam Deck, which has become his primary gaming platform. He’s been making guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job.

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