Manor Lords Crop Rotation and Fertility Guide

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Manor Lords Crop Rotation and Fertility Guide

This Manor Lords Crop Rotation and Fertility guide will help you understand how you can tend to your field and what crops you should focus on harvesting.


Manor Lords already broke the internet before its release, with over 3 million players around the world adding it to their wishlist. It will likely become an instant fan favorite, so you can expect to hear a lot of buzz around it. The game is set in the medieval era where you will roleplay as a lord where you will build and manage your own village. And since the game will revolve around building your own little village, this crop rotation and fertility guide will cover everything related to farming in Manor Lords to help you get started. 

Crop Rotation and Fertility Guide: How to Maximize the Fertility of the Crops? 

To maximize your farming potential, the first step is to build a farmhouse in a fertile area. Not all lands are equal in Manor Lords, with each region having a different scale of fertility.

Here are some tips to improve crop growth: 

  • Check Crop Fertility: Open the Construction Tab to check the crop fertility overlay. This will provide you with a section of 3 different colors – red, green, and yellow. Farming in the green-colored sections is recommended as that region is the most fertile for a crop.
  • Crop Rotation: The key to determining the potential fertility of a region's land is crop rotation, meaning rotating crops and letting them fallow. 
  • Fencing and Livestock: Fencing up fields to turn them into pastures is a great technique in this regard. Goats and other livestock can be included in these pastures to swiftly restore diminishing fertility and reduce the span of fallow periods. The process of fertility regeneration can be greatly accelerated with this strategy.
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However, crop rotations allow you to pick your crops for up to three years before swapping them around. A field's corresponding crop fertility will fall as the planted crop grows. In the beginning, you will be able to prevent this by rotating your crops annually in your fields. Simply tick the box to rotate the crops in that particular spot.

After clicking the crop rotation checkbox, choose what crops you'd like to grow for each of the second and third years and then allocate them. Your workers will automatically clear the fields, germinate seeds, take care of the crops, and harvest them per your yearly preferences.

What You Need to Know About Seasons and Farming

The development of crops can be affected by the changing seasons in addition to the fertility of the land. There are a total of four seasons in Manor Lords: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. Summer is when the crops continue to grow; spring is when they are planted and maintained. Harvest season takes place in the autumn, while seasonal shortages of resources occur in the winter when crops decay. Hence, you must take proper measures for your crops to survive in the winter season.

What Types of Crops Do You Need to Harvest?

The primary sources of food at the beginning of the game will be meat from a hunting camp and berries that can be brought from a forager hut. This should get you through the early game. However, it won’t be enough after you set up more Burgage Plots and the new families settle into your village. At this stage, it is necessary to set up a Farmhouse so you can start growing crops. Your most useful option for crops would be: 

  • Wheat: Can be processed into flour to make bread.
  • Flax: Can be processed to make linen. 
  • Barley: Can be processed into malt to make ale.
  • Rye: Can be processed into flour to make bread. 
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Farming these will increase your Approval and allow you to expand your Burgage Plots even further.

What Are the Crop Production Phases?

Crop production is a process which can be broken down into the following steps: 

Plowing: This is the task Farms will do when preparing the fields for the next crop season. This will happen around November or March, depending on the state of your field.

Sowing: After plowing comes the sowing phase. This always happens in March and will go on for as long as there are farmers with fields to tend. 

Growing: This is the phase that begins naturally as soon as the seeding phase begins.

Harvesting: If your fields are ready, then by September to  November, they will be harvested. If crops are not fully grown by the end of the year, they are often harvested in the later year.

To wrap up, Manor Lords is a game that lets you experience what it feels like to be a 14th-century Lord with duties and responsibilities to fulfill. There are several other layers to this game if you want to fully uncover all of its complex mechanics. However, for the time being, this Manor Lords crop rotation and fertility guide should help you understand what you need to do to get the most out of your field. 

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Manor Lords Crop Rotation and Fertility Guide
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