Farming Simulator 19 – FS19 Economy System

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Guide for Farming Simulator 19 – FS19 Economy System

In this guide, I will attempt to describe how the economic system works in general and how to play it best for optimal profits.

 

About this guide

The economy system can seem a little chaotic at first, with many products and selling stations, resulting in many numbers displayed on-screen. Unfortunately, FS19 does not provide any information on what a “good selling price” is for a product, making it an even bigger challenge for inexperienced players to make a qualified decision.

This guide attempts to explain the system behind the prices and give you a general idea of how the system behaves on a more abstract level.
Ultimately, I will try to provide some tips on how and when to sell your products for optimal profit, regardless of difficulty level and the type of product you choose to go for.

This guide is currently a work in progress. Additional ideas, data, and corrections are welcome.

Price-affecting factors

Farming Simulator 19 comes with an economic system based on fixed prices for each product, with certain algorithms and game mechanics that affect how the current prices are calculated at a given time.

Prices are affected by the following:

  • Base price
    Each product has a fixed base price.
  • Supply and demand
    When you sell something, the price for that product will generally drop after some time, at least at the selling station you sold it to. The price will usually regenerate by itself over time.
  • Dynamic fluctuation
    Prices will fluctuate somewhat randomly as time passes, indicated by the up/down arrows next to the price. This can be interpreted to simulate the supply/demand aspect being affected by other (invisible) farmers.
  • Great Demands
    Usually, once per day, for a random duration ranging from several hours up to a few days, a random product will get a fixed price boost at a random selling station.

The base price is a fixed value, internally called “pricePerLiter,” which can be found inside the file \data\maps\maps_fillTypes.xml. The values are valid for all maps and selling stations and may be adjusted by Giants with upcoming patches for balancing purposes. As an example, before 1.2, oats used to be vastly inferior as a cash crop. Its pricePerLiter value has been significantly buffed since.

The price drop due to supply and demand, directly after selling, can be easily negated by setting the time factor to 1 and selling all of the products at once when the price is high. The price will usually not start to drop before you can sell everything. This is known to have behaved differently at game launch and might change again with future patches.

Dynamic fluctuation can be a huge factor when it comes to determining current prices. In most cases, this will even overshadow Great Demand bonuses for products available at multiple stations because the Great Demand is only active at a single station.
Currently, the meta seems to be waiting for a dynamic fluctuation to provide the best possible prices and then sell a large portion of a given product at once.

Currently, the problem with Great Demands is that, due to how the dynamic fluctuation works, you will rarely get an advantage out of them. Most of the time, the product that gets boosted will have a lower price than the same product at another station, without a Great Demand bonus, but with a good “fluctuation bonus.” Sadly, this is because the Great Demand bonuses are not any better than the positive fluctuations observed regularly.
Having said that, the future three Great Demands are generated in advance and can be viewed inside economy.xml in the save game folder (usually Dcuments\My Games\FarmingSimulator2019\savegameX). The file is pretty self-explanatory.

There are some exceptions: At the Biogas Plant, for example, prices are always fixed.

Price examples and recommendations

As mentioned in the previous section, prices are generally fixed for a given product. Those can be regarded as average prices. Starting with patch 1.2, there is an “Economic Difficulty” setting, which used to be tied only to the three-game modes available when starting a new game. This acts as a static multiplier for the fixed prices:

  • Start From Scratch / Hard : 1.0
  • Farm Manager / Normal : 1.8
  • New Farmer / Easy : 3.0

Given these values, we can pull up a list of average prices for all products across all difficulty levels from the game files. The file that holds the base prices for each crop is \data\maps\maps_fillTypes.xml. Look for an attribute called “pricePerLiter” and multiply it with 1000, since prices in FS19 are always per 1000l.
I have done this for the five basic grain types (ppl values are from the 1.2 betas):

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Now, from my own observations, I have seen that through dynamic fluctuation alone, prices can get as high as 142% of these average values, probably up to a maximum of 150%. This leads to a feeling of what a “good selling price” might be. Personally, I would never sell a product at a price below 130% of the average price.
However, this comes down to personal preference, of course. How much you want to optimize your profits will affect how much time you will spend watching the price table. Sometimes, it is also better to sell some of your stock at a less optimal price to close the next investment funding gap.

Finally, here is a table illustrating my personal “minimum sell prices” for these products using the 130% multiplier on the average price. I consider these my personal “green prices” for FS19.

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Back in FS15, the in-game price numbers actually turned green in color when they surpassed a certain threshold (and turn red when they dropped below a certain point), which sure saved me a lot of alt-tabbing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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