Stardew Valley Update 1.6 - harvesting speeds

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Stardew Valley Creator Confirms Left-to-Right Harvesting Is Faster

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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For years now, Stardew Valley players have theorized and speculated how harvesting crops from left to right is faster than harvesting them from right to left.
This was finally confirmed by Stardew Valley creator Concerned Ape on Twitter and that it would be fixed in the 1.6 update.

Stardew Valley players are excited than ever because they are gearing up for the release of the much-anticipated 1.6 update this month. Stardew Valley Update 1.6 celebrates the game’s 8-year anniversary with Creator Eric Barone, also known online as ConcernedApe, who announced the news on social media. Barone took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to announce the update with a release date set in March for PC, with console and mobile soon to follow.

The creator had given players a sneak peek of what they can expect with this major patch back in September 2023. One of the biggest theories that got confirmed with this big update is about the harvesting style in-game.

For years now, Stardew Valley players have theorized and speculated how harvesting crops from left to right is faster than harvesting them from right to left. This was finally confirmed by Stardew Valley creator Concerned Ape on Twitter, who noted that it would be fixed in the 1.6 update.


Harvesting Left To Right Was Indeed Faster in Stardew Valley

While the margin is not the biggest and is barely visible, players have always had a hunch that harvesting crop fields left to right was faster than right to left.  Not hugely faster, hardly even noticeable, but just ever so slightly quicker.

It so turns out that these nitpickers were right all along as creator Eric Barone confirmed on social media about the presence of a bug that caused left-to-right harvesting to be faster than right-to-left harvesting by a matter of seconds. However, he noted that this bug would be fixed in the upcoming 1.6 update which is due next week.

In Stardew Valley, crops and plants are grown from seeds with the purpose of harvesting for profit, food, or gifting. Generally, each crop is seasonal and they can be planted only during their designated season. When seasons change (after the 28th day), the crop will wither and die. Players did not really notice that there was much of a change in terms of the speed of harvesting.

However, three years back, Redditor Snow-Infernus posted a video on the subreddit proving that left-to-right harvesting is faster.

Seven-row harvesting:

  • Left-to-right: 11.11 seconds

  • Right-to-left: 13.11 seconds


With this new update, Eric Barone also clarified. He said, "To clarify, the update will make them both equally fast, not equally slow (right to left will become as fast as left to right)"

Players should note that Stardew Valley Update 1.6 will go live for Steam on Tuesday, 19th March, 2024. The official patch notes will be available on the day of launch.


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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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