Hello all, my name is Nels Wickstrom. I recently got a gift from a distant cousin of mine who runs a large farm in America. Apparently, he descends from our family as well and he's sent some money to me. This is a great gift as times have been hard on me and I wasn't sure how to get out of it. So I've decided to sell my house in Sweden and use the money to buy up some land and have a go at farming, with the guidance of cousin Bryan. I'll be headed out to look at plots tomorrow.
(The scenario, No Man's Land map on medium difficulty, and no bank loan. Not allowed to hire workers until the area "grows" and people move in looking for work. Also have to start with all old iron, no new stuff. EDIT: forgot to mention 6 day seasons w/NML Geo)
Well I found a parcel of 4 plots for €340,000. I paid cash to a rather surprised realtor. He asked me what I wanted the land for, making idle conversation. I told her my plan and she just shook her head. "The reason it's such a good price is that the last time anyone was out there, they said the land was too rocky to do anything with. Might be hard to start a farm on it." I asked her if anyone had tried any development out there. She said not that she'd knew of, and that no one had even really been out there in 50 years.
So I knew I'd need equipment, so I started looking around to see what I could find. Imagine my luck, as I was heading out to my new property, I found a guy who had an old international 833 with a Lizard S043/2 seeder for sale. It cost me €35,000 for the set, and I had to go rent a trailer to pick it up, but I got my first pieces.
I was a little surprised my truck had the power to pull it. It's just so old for a vehicle. Guess 1978 was a good year in the auto industry. Now I'm heading down the road in what seems to literally be the middle of nowhere, when all of a sudden I almost ran over something in the road. At first I thought it was a rock (I was told there was a lot of those out here) but then I looked closer...
Definitely something man made, and I have no clue how or why it got out here. I tried to drag it out of the road, but the thing must have weighed a few hundred kilograms. Sheesh, I hope whoever dropped that off their truck has a way to get it back on. Anyway, I carefully drove around it and kept going down the road to...
What the heck? That shouldn't be here...
I was told this was undeveloped land and that no one had been here in 50 years or more. Of course what I found lent credibility to that, as it was an abandoned old log cabin and parked out front was an old Ferguson tractor with a front loader and some kind of spreader attached. I'd have to guess was at least from the 1940's, probably earlier. I also found a field with what looked like the last remnants of withered crop on it.
Instantly that 'rock' in there middle of the road nade more sense. It was a weight for the tractor. Oh well, on to business.
I pulled the truck up and unloaded my international. Then shortly after, a harvester I bought from an online dealer showed up on a truck. Gotta unload that too. When that was done, I took a walk around the property. Sure enough as the realtor told me, lots of rocks and trees. Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Interestingly enough, I also found a mechanical power harrow, an old 5 furrow plough, a 3 ton trailer and another one that had been converted into a flatbed. So someone a long time ago tried this too, but they seemed to have given up and just left everything. Weird.
Well after all the equipment and a few supplies, I have a little over €47,000 to my name. I got to work on that old Ferguson and actually managed to get it running again. So I hooked it up to that harrow and tilled the field, then I used the 833 to plant some wheat and loaded up the spreader with dry fertilizer and finished it off.