DLC goes big

I’m looking forward to the recently confirmed Big Bud DLC. As much as I like the Kuhn DLC most of the equipment is too small to play a significant role on the Nagce map with the merger and the sprayers being exceptions. We know that at least one of the 11 pieces of equipment included in the BB DLC will have a working width of 80 feet (24 m) and I’m pretty hopeful that the upcoming DLC will be well suited to my map. The fields on Nagce range from medium to large, quite a bit lager than you will find on most standard sized maps so the option of 24m seeder (if the seeder is in fact part of the 24m equipment Giants is refering too) would be a relevant one.

I did a quick look through the Bednar, Great Plains, Grégorie-Besson and Seed Hawk web sites and found an 80ft Air Seeder from Seed Hawk that I’d love to see in game. It's just a guess, or a desire, on my part at this point as Giants has not clarified what equipment from these OEM's will be in the DLC, but a large Air Seeder would make sense given that the DLC seems to be built around the Big Bud 747 and 450.

80ft (24m) Seed Hawk XL Air Drill and 980 Air Cart

80ft (24m) Seed Hawk XL Air Drill and 980 Air Cart

One of the reasons that I’m most excited about DLC that seems to be big field focused is that Nagce Valley is by design fairly easy to evolve from a medium/large field mix to one of vary large fields (at least by FS standards). The northern side of the map encompasses 8 fields in the 7 - 42ha range. By cutting down a few trees and plowing over a dirt road or two this can easily be developed into three fields in the 40 – 74ha range. Other combinations are possible but may entail a bit more work or restrict access to some parts of the map. The southern side of the map is focused more on animals and pasture land than it is on arable farming but it would still be possible to develop the existing fields into 66 – 89ha worth of cropland if so desired.

Current field layout

Current field layout

Possible expansion option

Possible expansion option