Farming happens to be a core mechanic of Stardew Valley. Whether you are trying to make money or just bringing more life to your farm, crops are necessary. That said, Farming is more challenging than it may seem!
You might be surprised to know that, more often than not, the methods employed by most players to farm could be much more efficient! It is easy to miss out on the best techniques to utilize while setting up your crops. Don’t worry, though; today, I’ll be helping you figure out the do’s and don’ts of setting up your farming layout in Stardew Valley.
Best Farming Layouts in Stardew Valley
I’ll get straight to the point – there isn’t one exact answer to what farming layout is the ‘best.’ When discussing a particular technique being the best, it just depends on what you’re aiming for.
For example, my favorite strategy is completely automating the farm using Iridium Sprinklers. Additionally, once you unlock the Pressure Nozzles upgrade from Mr. Qi, this strategy works wonders! Doing so automates your farm, leaving you completely work-free (except when you need to harvest!)
Likewise, if you’re working to produce Giant Crops instead of the normal ones, the sprinkler strategy would become useless! In that case, you’ll be much better off spamming your entire farm with crops and using Rain Totems to try and produce as many Giant Crops as possible.
My point here is there isn’t a singular “best” farm layout that you can have to maximize your crop profit. On the other hand, there are several layouts you can employ to get significant returns based on the gameplay experience you’re going for. I’ll explain these below!
If I’m being honest, you don’t have many options in the early game. You’re low on cash, don’t have fancy equipment, and won’t even have enough seeds to cater to!
There’s no need to look at fancy strategies or think about any particular farm layout in this situation. I recommend tilling 3 plots of land each for your Farming and looking after your crops yourself at the start. Doing so will make you efficient while keeping your farm neat and clean.
I heavily recommend not using a basic Sprinkler. These will only water 4 adjacent tiles, a significant waste of space and a tiny amount of crops to become automated. At the very least, it would be best to refrain from using Sprinklers until you unlock Quality Sprinklers.
Additionally, you shouldn’t use any fertilizers for your crops initially. Basic fertilizers are useless, and employing them initially is the most expensive. The payoff isn’t worth it at all.
However, using Scarecrows is an essential tip for your farm layout in the early game. Most players miss out on the opportunity of using these and trust me, that’s a mistake. Especially in the early game when money is critical – losing your crops to nasty crows is terrible!
I’m defining mid-game as the point where you’ve unlocked Quality Sprinklers and have access to some good-level fertilizers. This might not be the most apt description of the mid-game, but it works when discussing your farming strategy.
Quality Sprinklers are one of the best layouts to employ when Farming in the mid-game. At this point in the game, you’d have enough money to afford a ton of crops.
Watering all of these individually would take too much time, and you might even run out of energy/collapse from the watering required!
Since the Quality Sprinkler waters 8 adjacent tiles at once, the best layout would be to till in a 3×3 area and place the Sprinkler in the center. This way, you’d effectively water all the crops in the square you just tilled!
Since they’re pretty easy to make, you can repeat this process with as many Quality Sprinklers as you’d like! Doing so also automates your farm – saving you some precious energy! You can find some additional layouts for Sprinklers here!
Note that this layout would slightly change if you fit your Quality Sprinklers with Pressure Nozzles. However, since those are pretty late-game items, I assume you won’t have access to them now!
By the mid-game, you would’ve upgraded your Watering Can several times. Anything below a Steel Watering Can will render this strategy useless, so don’t use this farm layout unless you’ve upgraded your can to that stage at the very least.
With each upgrade to the Watering Can, the item not only holds more charges before needing to be refilled but also increases its area of effect. For example, a Steel Watering Can will water 5 tiles in a straight line compared to the initial 1 radius of the Watering Can.
As such, depending on the current level of your Watering Can, you can alter your farm layout to fit your needs. Also, these layouts require watering your crops yourself, so be wary.
For a Steel Watering Can, till 5 plots in a straight line. This will allow you to thoroughly water each crop without wasting water or effort!
A Gold Watering Can, on the other hand, waters 9 tiles in a 3×3 area. In this case, you can use the same layout you created for the Quality Sprinklers. Make sure to till the plots such that you can move quickly between the area while you water your crops!
An Iridium Water Can waters a massive 18 tiles in a 6×3 area! It’s difficult to explain how to till your plots for this one. Due to its enormous watering range, you can use multiple layouts with it, all equally effective. The image above showcases one such layout that you can readily use!
Remember to effectively use Scarecrows in each of these layouts depending upon the Watering Can you use – they can be real game-changers!
Now we’re moving on to the big leagues!
Towards the end-game, you should have plenty of money on your hands. At this point, Farming might just become a time-killing endeavor for you. Nevertheless, you should have two main late-game farming strategies in mind.
The most profitable and easy-to-manage farming layout option you will have is to automate your farm fully. Iridium Sprinklers are the absolute best variants of all Sprinklers. They are completely worth it, and you should upgrade to them.
That said, every Iridium Sprinkler waters 24 adjacent tiles. This is massive and takes your farming game up a notch. You can find everything about the most optimal Iridium Sprinkler layout here.
To make this strategy even more effective, you can use Pressure Nozzles! These can be fitted on top of your Iridium Sprinklers and are highly effective upgrades! They increase the normal watering range of each Sprinkler by 1 tile in each direction.
For reference, an Iridium Sprinkler fitted with a Pressure Nozzle will now water in a 7×7 area which is 49 adjacent tiles as compared to the initial 24 – that’s more than double the range!
Since each Iridium Sprinkler will automatically water your crops every morning – you’ll have nothing to worry about. This also significantly decreases the effort you’ll have to put in for farm maintenance so you can use your time for other precious activities. Maybe try and befriend some Villagers with all the extra time you now have on your hands.
Coming up last, and probably one of the most demanding farming layouts for you is the Giant Crops strategy. If you are unaware, there are certain crops, such as Cauliflowers, Pumpkins. Melons, and the like, can grow into huge variants of regular crops! You can find more information on all such crops on the official Stardew Valley Wiki!
It works like this – if you plant these crops in a 3×3 area (9 crops in total), there will be a 1% chance every night for the patch of crops to turn into a singular, giant crop! But why exactly is this significant? Well, Giant Crops yield double the usual amount of produce.
This means that instead of the standard 9 crops you planted, you can harvest 18 instead!
The only downside is that this strategy involves a lot of manual labor. If you want to automate and still be able to get Giant Crops, you’ll have to use multiple Iridium Sprinklers at the very least. In that regard, the Iridium Sprinkler strategy mentioned above can be combined with this one to create an optimal farm layout.
Although, a more common farm layout strategy to achieve this technique is to, well, till. You should plant crops in every plantable area – pretty much litter your entire farm in a 3×3 area. Make sure to scatter some Scarecrows around, too. Crops only turn into giant variants if planted in a corresponding 3×3 area, and Crows can really mess that up.
Don’t water the crops manually once you have tilled and planted as many as possible. Due to the sheer amount of seeds you’ve placed across your farm, watering each one would take up too much time. Additionally, you might not even have enough energy to deal with all of them in the first place!
The strategy here is to use Rain Totems. These are items that guarantee rainy weather for the next day. By employing Rain Totems, you can ensure that your crops get efficiently watered each day without having to do it manually. This will allow you to simulate days quickly and have much higher chances of having your crops convert into giant variants!
Nevertheless, I recommend setting up a basic Iridium Sprinkler Farm layout before going for the Giant Crops one. This is because once you fit Pressure Nozzles onto your Iridium Sprinklers, their watering range automatically becomes large enough to support a Giant Crops farming layout.
In this way, you’ll get the best of both worlds and have an optimal layout for your Stardew Valley farm!
Now that you know everything about the best farming layouts, why not check out the best layouts for your Fruit Trees!