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Minecraft Guide : Making an automatic Wheat farm

Updated on April 8, 2012

The Farm

My Farm : After Completion (Click to Enlarge)
My Farm : After Completion (Click to Enlarge)

Introduction : What We are going to Make

Surely , if you play minecraft on survival and not on peaceful, food must be and is the most important necessity for your virtual life in minecraft. There are a number of sources available for this completing this necessity i.e. Pork from pigs, beef from cows , chicken, milk from cows, mushroom stew and The Mighty Wheat. Wheat can be used for a number of things like making bread as well as the ultimate cake and cookies. The Three main sources of wheat in minecraft are :

- destroying stray grass ( you get the seeds and then you have to grow them )

- NPC villages usually have a huge supply of wheat from their automatically generated farms

- Dungeon chests , one of the most hardest and most idiotic ways of obtaining wheat.

Once you get the seeds you can grow them on a block of Farmland (i.e. normal dirt block with a hoe used on it ). However, the farmland Block requires a continuous Supply of water to Stay intact or else it will turn into dirt again. However , if you plant the seeds before the reversal it will not transform ( but the effective time in which wheat grow will increase). Wheat Plants also require a light level of at least 9, therefore placing Torches are recommended. Wheat also serve as a breeding tool for making the animals to go to " Breeding Mode". Two Animals Fed with a wheat Bunch can breed together to from a little animal of the same species.

What we are going to make is a fully automated wheat farm in which you don't need to harvest every single Plant . What you just need is to switch on a lever to Get them. This Build requires a number of Dirt blocks, Water buckets, pistons, redstone repeaters, lever, torches, wood and redstone dust (don't become aggressive if i miss something)

So , Now Lets Try to make a fully automated Wheat Farm In minecraft that can fulfill your wheaty necessities .



Step 1 : Placing The Base

The First Step is to make a random Sized Raised rectangle made of dirt (or any other material) Ground . I've Used Dirt. The Base Doesn't need to be of this length however keep in mine that water will only flow to 8 blocks therefore make it only 10-16 blocks wide ( Hit and Trial : We Will be adjusting that afterwards).

Base (click to Enlarge)
Base (click to Enlarge)

Step 2 : Placing Pistons

Pistons will serve as the main Toggling mechanism for our farm . They will regulate the Water that will wipe out the wheat plants and then supply them to your footsteps.

Pistons Placed (Click to Enlarge)
Pistons Placed (Click to Enlarge)

Step 3 : Add Water For Growth

Water will in a Way Prevent the Farmland from transforming to dirt as well as speed up the growth of the plants . It is being added below the Farmland blocks in order to hide it from Evil Eyes. The Water Doesn't need to be flowing in a specific direction however.... It Looks GOOD.

You Could see that the water flows for only 8 blocks ,even if you break the block in front it will not flow further

Water For Growth (Click to Enlarge)
Water For Growth (Click to Enlarge)

Step 4 : Covering the water

We Are Now going to cover the water so as to make the the farmland block nourished by the water underneath ( The Dirt use to cover will become the Farmland block therefore don't use another block )

Covered Water (Click to Enlarge)
Covered Water (Click to Enlarge)

Step 5 : repeaters

Next Step is to arrange for powering the pistons . so place redstone repeaters behind the pistons and remove the back row of the base. make sure that you place the repeaters while facing towards the pistons and not away from them as you want the power to go to the pistons.

Repeaters Are Served (click to enlarge)
Repeaters Are Served (click to enlarge)

Step 6 : Wiring

Connect the open ends of the repeaters with the help of a redstone wire and run the wire to the front of the farm. I've Placed a repeater in between to amplify the power.

Wiring (click to enlarge)
Wiring (click to enlarge)

Step 7 : Connect a Lever

The Title Defines it all but make sure the lever is accessible to you.

Powered (click to enlarge)
Powered (click to enlarge)

Step 8 : Water Toggler

Put wooden blocks over the pistons only 1 block high. These will serve as passage to allow water. When ON the water will not flow on the crops

Wooden Gate (click to enlarge)
Wooden Gate (click to enlarge)

Step 9 : Walled !

Make a Three block high (from the ground , place two blocks over the pre-placed dirt blocks) wall around the farm as shown to stop the water from overflowing when in ON condition.

Wall -from front (click to enlarge)
Wall -from front (click to enlarge)
wall - behind (click to enlarge)
wall - behind (click to enlarge)

Step 10 : Housing the Water

We need to build a mechanism to house the water above the wood blocks (when pistons in on condition) to stop the water and make it go when the pistons go OFF.

To do it Place Dirt (or something else solid) behind the wooden blocks , on sides as well as above them (leaving 1 block of air) to make a housing as shown in the pictures. Now put a bucket of water in the left space. at first the water will overflow. Now cover this 1 wide stretch of water with any solid block as shown in consecutive pics

Housing-incomplete
Housing-incomplete
housing-with water
housing-with water
housing-covered
housing-covered

Step 11: last Steps

your farm is now almost complete as you can see that the piston mechanism has started working now. However, a footstep delivery system is still missing. So, now dig the block immediately in front of the point where water stops, you will see water underneath, replace that water with dirt block and make a wall around it.

Dug with water underneath
Dug with water underneath
water replaced with dirt
water replaced with dirt
wall around it to stop overflowing
wall around it to stop overflowing

Step 12 : Water Delivery

Now Put water at the farthest end of the delivery system so that it flows towards right inside the just made pit. Also Put stairs at the rightmost end to climb on the Delivery system and receive your harvest.

When ON water will become slopy but will still flow towards right
When ON water will become slopy but will still flow towards right
Pistons ON means System is OFF
Pistons ON means System is OFF

Step 13 : Real Last Step

Your Farm is ready . Hoe the whole area and plant wheat seeds. When fully Grown Press the lever and stand at the delivery point. At first the farmland will easily transform back to dirt but soon it will absorb water and remain there.

Don't forget to add torches around the plants to provide light at night

Thx For Reading

~ Hopes and Faith -AcisAce

Planted
Planted
Torches also needed
Torches also needed
Text From millenaire mod
Text From millenaire mod
harvested
harvested

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      Daniel 2 months ago

      you made way to complicated using the pistons you can just use dispensers with water buckets instead and still use the same redstone I think (sorry if Im wrong)

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      Alexis 9 months ago

      Why doesn't the top three rows get wet?

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      Drunk 2 years ago

      Fffsfrc

      Daftest

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      Isaac s 2 years ago

      for some reason it doesn't want to work with me HELP!!

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      Criticool 3 years ago

      No matter what i do the tilled earth on top goes right back to dirt. as if the water was not underneath it. which it is. in fact, i ended up placing MANY buckets just to be sure.

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      Great guide to automation! This is the design I always use when I play, makes farming very quick and easy.

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      Drenathar 4 years ago

      Add a hopper/chest combo to the end of the water stream, this way you can just pull the lever and have a chest full of wheat and seeds automatically, so you don't need to waste time and inventory space transporting them.

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      BuzyB 4 years ago

      thanks for the tutorial mate, it really helped me out!

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      james 4 years ago

      great design. Thanks for the tutorial! :)