Maximum Yield Crops

Now updated and includes all the crops including the new flowers!

I created a spreadsheet to calculate which crops are the most profitable, and one of the first things I noticed is that the yield per hour is not necessarily the most important thing.  But it is one of the most common questions I get, so here’s the list, in order from highest yield to lowest.  Just pick the highest yield that you are able to plant.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Peas
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Green Tea
  5. Grapes
  6. Onion
  7. Sunflowers
  8. Sugar Cane
  9. Ghost Chili
  10. Coffee
  11. Black Berries
  12. Lilies
  13. Blueberries
  14. Carrots
  15. Raspberries
  16. Broccoli
  17. Cabbage
  18. Lavender
  19. Sweet Potatoes
  20. Red Wheat
  21. Aloe Vera
  22. Yellow Melon
  23. Peppers
  24. Rice
  25. Corn
  26. Red Tulips
  27. Pumpkin
  28. Pineapples
  29. Potatoes
  30. Strawberries
  31. Pink Roses
  32. Bell Peppers
  33. Watermelon
  34. Cotton
  35. Soybeans
  36. Squash
  37. Daffodils
  38. Artichokes
  39. Eggplant
  40. Wheat

What other considerations might make other choices better?  There are at least three that I can think of:

  1. You don’t want to, or are unable to replant as frequently as the crop requires.
  2. You are strapped for cash and can’t afford to plant your entire area with the highest yield.
  3. You want to gain not just money, but experience.

If you are constrained by replanting frequency (for example, it’s inconvenient to plant raspberries overnight when you are sleeping!) here are the highest yield crops categorized by replanting time:

  • 2 hours
    1. Raspberries
  • 4 hours
    1. Black Berries
    2. Blueberries
    3. Strawberries
  • 6 hours
    1. Ghost Chili
    2. Aloe Vera
  • 8 hours
    1. Tomatoes
    2. Sugar Cane
    3. Pumpkin
  • 10 hours
    1. Green Tea
  • 12 hours
    1. Onion
    2. Carrots
    3. Rice
  • 16 hours
    1. Asparagus
    2. Coffee
  • 1 day
    1. Peas
    2. Grapes
    3. Sunflowers
    4. Lilies
    5. Sweet Potatoes
    6. Peppers
    7. Red Tulips
    8. Soybeans
  • 2 days
    1. Broccoli
    2. Cabbage
    3. Lavender
    4. Pineapples
    5. Bell Peppers
    6. Squash
    7. Daffodils
    8. Eggplant
  • 3 days
    1. Red Wheat
    2. Corn
    3. Potatoes
    4. Cotton
    5. Wheat
  • 4 days
    1. Yellow Melon
    2. Watermelon
    3. Artichokes

As you can see, the more labor-intensive crops generally give higher profits.

If you are strapped for cash, then what might be of interest is return on investment.  In other words, how to most quickly multiply your cash.  Here what’s important is not the amount of profit, but the profit as a percentage of the expense of planting!

Here is the list, from highest return on investment to lowest:

  1. Raspberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Strawberries
  4. Sweet Potatoes
  5. Black Berries
  6. Ghost Chili
  7. Pumpkin
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Green Tea
  10. Aloe Vera
  11. Grapes
  12. Carrots
  13. Rice
  14. Coffee
  15. Sugar Cane
  16. Sunflowers
  17. Soybeans
  18. Onion
  19. Peppers
  20. Asparagus
  21. Peas
  22. Red Tulips
  23. Lilies
  24. Cabbage
  25. Broccoli
  26. Pineapples
  27. Bell Peppers
  28. Squash
  29. Eggplant
  30. Lavender
  31. Pink Roses
  32. Daffodils
  33. Corn
  34. Red Wheat
  35. Potatoes
  36. Cotton
  37. Wheat
  38. Yellow Melon
  39. Watermelon
  40. Artichokes

Lastly, if you are more interested in experience than money, you will naturally want to choose crops that give the highest experience per day instead.

Here is the list, in order of highest to lowest:

  1. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, and Black Berries (12 xp per acre per day)
  2. Ghost Chili and Aloe Vera (8 xp per acre per day)
  3. Pumpkin, Tomatoes, and Sugar Cane (6 xp per acre per day)
  4. Green Tea (4.8 xp per acre per day)
  5. Asparagus (4.5 xp per acre per day)
  6. Carrots, Rice, Onion, Peas, and Sweet Potatoes (4 xp per acre per day)
  7. Soybeans, Peppers, Coffee, Sunflowers, Grapes, and Red Tulips (3 xp per acre per day)
  8. Lilies (2 xp per acre per day)
  9. Eggplant, Squash, Bell Peppers, Pineapples, Cabbage, Broccoli, Lavender, Pink Roses, and Daffodils (1.5 xp per acre per day)
  10. Wheat, Cotton, Potatoes, Corn, and Red Wheat (1 xp per acre per day)
  11. Artichokes, Watermelon, and Yellow Melon (0.75 xp per acre per day)

Note that among the highest category that yield 12 xp per acre per day, strawberries, blueberries, and black berries are less labor intensive than raspberries because they are only harvested 6 times a day instead of 12.

A common misconception is that raspberries are not good for experience, when in fact they are one of the best!  The reason is that planting raspberries gives zero experience, but plowing gives 1 xp each. Raspberries can be planted up to 12 times each day, so each acre gives 12 xp per day.

Meanwhile for blueberries and strawberries, plowing gives 1 xp, and planting gives an additional 1 xp for a total of 2 xp per crop.  Blueberries and strawberries can be planted up to 6 times each day, for a total of 12 xp per day.  The same as raspberries!

But it’s true that raspberries are more labor intensive.

Finally, for those serious levelers out there, what might be most interesting from an experience perspective is a combination of xp and coins, since coins can be converted to xp at a rate of 10 coins per xp.  In this case the total xp per day is the “natural” daily xp (from plowing and planting) plus 1/10th of the daily profit.  The spreadsheet is listed in order of total daily xp.

I’ve published the spreadsheet via Google Documents.  Take a look!

Let me know what you think!  Thanks!

10 responses to “Maximum Yield Crops

  1. Moses

    This is awesome. I can’t believe you went through this much trouble. I had an extremely simplified version on your spreadsheet created on notepad…nowhere near as detailed though. This was pretty helpful. Thanks.

  2. M

    You’re missing grapes in the first list. I think grapes yield more than sunflowers – check it out.

  3. lol

    U FORGOT GRAPES

  4. tirelessmind

    Thanks guys for pointing out grapes. I missed it, but it should be good now!

  5. Chris

    Grapes take 1 day to ripen not 2. Great website though.

  6. Grapes take 1 day not 2 to ripen – otherwise great website.

    • tirelessmind

      Thanks for the catch! I was wondering why everyone was so interested in grapes, when they seemed to be so average…

      Now updated!

  7. Great guide, but how are you calculating your ROI?
    Remember, ROI is calculated by (Gross Profit-Investment)/Investment. That would mean:

    Soybeans: (63 – 15 – 15)/30=1.1
    Raspberries: (46- 20 – 15)/35=0.314

    Or, in other words (Selling price – Buying price – Ploughing cost)/(Buying Price + Ploughing Cost)

    I think you might be confusing Net money/hour or you’re not factoring in ploughing costs.

    • tirelessmind

      Yes you’re right, ROI is generally defined as profit divided by investment. But it is generally used in a context where the time period is the same for all the investments under consideration, usually one year. So if one investment gains 1% per month, compared to another investment that gains 12% per year, the return per year is nearly the same, the only difference being compounding.

      The value that I’m calculating is more like APR, except calculated for a daily time period instead of an annual one. This means all the investments are readjusted to a common time scale so comparisons are more meaningful. The reason raspberries have such a high return is that they can be planted 12 times per day, so while yes a single crop gives a 31.4% profit like you said, 12 crops gives 12 x 31.4, or 377% if profits are not reinvested.

      There are two columns in the Excel spreadsheet, one for “simple” and one for “compounded” interest.
      The simple return is calculated as Profit Per Day / Capital, where capital includes the cost of both seeds and plowing.
      The compounded return is (1+Profit/Capital)^(1/Days to Ripen)-1.

      Great question!

  8. Pepsi

    Grapes should be the 1st best 285 coins 1 day

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