Tutorial:Crops and Cross-Breeding

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Experimental-Only Content: This information has been updated to the v2.X version of IC².


This page is very much a work in progress, please stand by. -Mindhack (talk)

Introduction

This tutorial will give you an in-depth look into IndustrialCraft 2 crops, the cross-breeding of plants, and the extensive agriculture system.

Before we get started, you will need all the stuff you would normally for a farm: a flat area of land, a hoe, water, and some seeds.

Crops

The crop block

First, we'll make some Crops. The Crop block allows for seeds to be placed inside to grow, or another crop block can be placed on it to cross-breed 2 adjacent plants.

Recipe


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Crops

Crops



Weeds

Weeds in a crop block

Weeds are a destructive and invasive plant that will grow on open crop blocks. When weeds fully mature, they can spread to other crop blocks, destroying other plants.

There are currently 2 ways to deal with weeds:

Weeding Trowel

A Grid Weeding Trowel.png Weeding Trowel can be used to remove weeds from a crop block without needing to break the crop. The weeds will be dropped, and can be used to make Grid Bio Chaff.png Bio Chaff.

Recipe

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Weed-Ex

Weed-EX prevents weeds from growing on open crop blocks. However, Weed-EX will cap the stats of the crop inside the crop block it was used on at 10.


Recipe

Grin Powder

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Grin Powder

Grin Powder

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Weed-EX



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Fertilizer

Fertilizer is used to speed up the growth of plants. Bone Meal can also be used on the crop to speed up growth, but is not nearly as effective. Vanilla Wheat seeds can be used on Wheat to the same effect as Bone Meal.

Recipe


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Fertilizer

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Fertilizer

Fertilizer


Look for more about fertilizer here

Seeds and Seed Bags

Cropnalyzer

The Cropnalyzer is used to analyze Seed Bags.

Recipe

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Cross-Breeding

Two empty Crop blocks with a cross-breeding crop between them

Cross breeding is accomplished by placing a second crop block onto an empty crop block between two crops.

Coffee

Crossbreeding coffee beans is done in three steps:

  1. Crossbreed two sugarcane into Stick Reed
  2. Crossbreed two Stick Reed into Ferru
  3. Crossbreed two Ferru into Coffee Beans
    • Note: Ferru needs an iron ore block underneath it to fully mature.

Look for more about coffee and its effects here

Hops

Hops are one of the more difficult crops to breed. They can be cross bred using these combinations:

  • Nether Wart x Nether Wart
  • Nether Wart x Stickreed
  • Stickreed x Stickreed

Crop-Matron

The Crop-Matron will automatically fertilize, hydrate, and spray Weed-EX on crops in a 9x9 area (with the Crop-Matron in the center).

Recipe

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Crop Harvester

Once you have bred enough of a plant that you want to start farming it, you can build a Crop Harvester. The Crop Harvester does just what the name implies, it will harvest crops in an 11x11x3 area, and eject them into the first available adjacent inventory.

Recipe

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