There are three Fertilizer Sprayers in the base game. In addition, the game offers one expansion tank specifically designed to work only with the Amazone UF 1201 Sprayer (and is listed in the sprayer category in the shop).
List of Fertilizer SprayersEdit
($ / day)
|Max. Working Speed|
|Caruelle-Nicolas Stilla 460||71,000||220||4,600||28.0||12||Drawbar (Ball)|
|New Holland SP.400F||237,000||790||6,057||36.0||12||N/A|
Liquid Fertilizer TanksEdit
($ / day)
|Amazone FT 1001||5,500||10||1,125|
Fertilizer Sprayers are machines that can be filled up with Liquid Fertilizer, and then taken to a field where they will distribute it onto the soil. The fertilizer material itself is a mix of mineral compounds that are highly nutritious to plants. Any patch of field covered with this material will yield double the normal amount of fruit, when harvested.
There is only one Fertilizer Sprayer available in the game. The other piece of equipment listed under the "Sprayers" category at the ship is simply an expansion tank that can be used in conjunction with an actual Sprayer, and has no function of its own. A Fertilizer Sprayer consists primarily of a large tank that can be attached to a Tractors. The tank has two long metal arms that can unfold to a large width. Hoses running down these arms take fertilizer from the tank, and then push it through nozzles on the undersides of the arms. These nozzles spray the fertilizer down onto the soil.
Fertilizer Sprayers must be filled with Liquid Fertilizer in order to work. This type of fertilizer is available in infinite quantities at the blue Fertilizer Tank, which can be found at your farm as well as the Garden Center. However, every liter of Fertilizer you take from the tank costs money.
Once dragged out to a field, unfolded, and activated, the Fertilizer Sprayer will continuously expend its supply of Fertilizer. Any ground directly underneath the spray nozzles will become fertilized instantly. Fertilizer Sprayers do not care whether the ground they are working has already been fertilized - they will continue expending Liquid Fertilizer until they are turned off.
A Fertilizer Sprayer can cover an entire field very rapidly, due to its large working width. If not wasted inappropriately, 2,000 liters of Liquid Fertilizer should be enough to work about 3 hectares of land
Among other types of fertilization machines, Fertilizer Sprayers work very quickly and efficiently on small fields, and use up less costly fertilizer than Fertilizer Spreaders. On the other hand, the small capacity of the machines available in the base game leaves something to be desired. You will need to refill the Sprayer constantly to cover larger fields. Because they can only refill in specific locations on the map, they may be far less effective on larger fields.
Filling with Fertilizer Edit
Once a Fertilizer Sprayer has been attached to a towing vehicle, it needs to be filled with Liquid Fertilizer before it can start working.
Filling can only occur at a blue Fertilizer Tank. There are two such tanks on each map: one at your farm, and the other at the Garden Center. They should be quite visible from a distance, due to their striking color.
To fill the Fertilizer Sprayer, tow it right up next to the tank, and hit the refill button. Refilling will automatically stop when the tank is full, or if you pull the Sprayer away from the tank. You can also stop it manually, by hitting the refill button again.
Fertilizing the Field Edit
As long as the Fertilizer Sprayer's tank contains at least 1 liter of Liquid Fertilizer, and is attached to a towing vehicle, it can be activated.
As soon as the Sprayer is activated, it will immediately begin dispensing Fertilizer within its working area. It will expend 4.8 liters of Fertilizer per second, until it runs out. The Fertilizer Sprayer does not care whether it is currently on a field, nor whether that field is already fertilized - it will continue expending its fertilizer until turned off.
The working area of the Fertilizer Sprayer is a line underneath the machine's unfolded arms - it works pretty much the same as Sowing Machines and other field equipment in this regard, making it very easy to figure out where the fertilizer will go when you turn the machine on, and makes it easier for Hired Workers to get full field coverage. Any piece of field within that working area will instantly become fertilized. A piece of field that was already fertilized does not gain any additional benefit from being fertilized again, but the Fertilizer Sprayer does not care - it will expend fertilizer anyway.
Fertilization can be performed at any time, but will only affect the next crop that becomes ripe on the fertilized field. That crop will give double yields, and the soil underneath it will become immediately unfertilized. Therefore, you may postpone your fertilization until just before the field becomes ripe, and still get the same results as if you had fertilized the field before it was even sowed. However, if you fertilize a field when it already contains ripened crops, those crops will not give a double yield - but the next harvest will. Until a crop becomes ripe on top of it, fertilized soil will not become unfertilized no matter what you do to it.
Hired Workers Edit
You may use Hired Workers to operate a Fertilizer Sprayer.
Hired Workers will give very different coverage depending on whether you mount the Sprayer at the front or the rear of your tractor. Mounting at the rear gives good coverage of the field with only a few spots missed along the edge on most passes. Front mounting can confuse the Hired Worker greatly, resulting in some passes that miss large chunks of fields, and other passes that give perfect coverage but involve bizarre turning maneuvers. In both cases, the wide arms of the Sprayer are especially prone to colliding with terrain obstacles, causing the driver to become stuck.
Note that Hired Workers can continue working when they run out of Liquid Fertilizer in the tank. However, once the tank is empty, the Hired Worker will automatically purchase more Liquid Fertilizer as necessary, at a much higher price than normal. Since Liquid Fertilizer is already quite expensive, this can end up costing you a lot of money.
The solution is to either use automated Fertilizer Sprayers only on limited-size fields, or make sure to dismiss the Hired Worker and go refill the tank every time it runs out.