Turnip Guide for Harvest Moon SNES
Season Days to Grow Price per Bag Selling price per Turnip Profit per Bag (Assuming "C" Formation)
Spring 4 200 G 60 G 480 G
Turnip Guide for Harvest Moon SNES

Turnips are one of the four major crops in Harvest Moon SNES and can only be grown in Spring. Although, profit wise, only certain crops are worth growing, you will need to grow and ship a specific amount of all the crops in order to get the related ending to that crop and the “best” ending.

Turnip Info

SeasonSpring
Cost per Bag200 G
Days to Grow4 Days
Selling Amount per Crop60 G
Total Profit per Bag160 G

Turnips are one of the first two crops you can grow when you start the game as you start it in Spring. Although Turnips grow the fastest, they are not the most profitable crop in Spring. However, if you want to get the Turnip ending and the “best” ending, you will need to ship at least 200 of them by the end of year 3.

Because you have until year 3 to do this, the best strategy is to focus exclusively on potatoes in the first year so you can maximize your profits and get a strong start on Summer crops which is the most profitable season. Then in the following years you can start working on getting the minimum 200 turnips to get the turnip ending.

Spring crops are unique in that as long as you have the seeds in the ground by the time the first day of Summer hits, they will continue to grow to maturity. This means that on the last day of Spring, you can plant some Spring crops so that you’ll still have some income coming in as Summer crops take longer to grow so there will be a period of time where you would have no crop income coming in. However, be sure not to spend too much of your gold on this as Summer crops are exponentially more profitable than Spring crops.

Why is the Profit per Bag only being calculated for 8 sold crops instead of 9?

It’s important to note that the calculation of the “Profit per Bag” assumes that you are utilizing the “C” Formation of growing crops which is the most optimal growing pattern and results in only 8 of the crops per seed bag being shipped. The reason for this is that the game does not allow you to walk over/through crops once they start growing, so planting the entire 3×3 will result in you being unable to reach the center crop, thus wasting it.

The "C" Formation of Crops | Harvest Moon SNES
The “C” Formation of Crops

Gifting Turnips

If you miss the shipping time and you still have some crops you haven’t shipped, rather than mess up your crop growth times by waiting until the next day, you can gift the crops to the bachelorette that you are seeking to marry or your wife if you are already married to increase her affection further.

All the girls will gain affection when receiving Turnips as gifts. However, the amount they receive will depend on where they are when you give it to them. Their location will vary depending on numerous factors such as time of day (day or night), the weather (clear or raining) the day of the week (weekday or weekend) and certain events.

The following list shows each location the girl can usually be found and how much affection they will gain when receiving a Turnip

Ann:

  1. Location 1: In the Tool Shop or in her Bedroom
    • Affection: + 6
  2. Location 2: Outside the Tool Shop or in the Church
    • Affection: + 5
  3. Location 3: (As Wife) In your Home
    • Affection: + 5
  4. Location 4: (As Wife) In your Tool Shed
    • Affection + 5

Ellen:

  1. Location 1: In front of the Animal Dealer or in the Restaurant
    • Affection: +6
  2. Location 2: Behind the Animal Dealer
    • Affection: + 5
  3. Location 3: At the Bar (at Night) or in her Bedroom at the Restaurant
    • Affection: No Affection Gain
  4. Location 4: (As Wife) In your Home or Outside of the Barn
    • Affection + 6

Eve:

  1. Location 1: At the Bar
    • Affection: +3
  2. Location 2: At the Town Square
    • Affection: + 5
  3. Location 3: At the Mountain
    • Affection: + 4
  4. Location 4: (As Wife) In your Home or Outside of the Barn
    • Affection + 4

Maria:

  1. Location 1: In front of the Church or inside the Church
    • Affection: +5
  2. Location 2: In her Bedroom
    • Affection: + 5
  3. Location 3: (As Wife) In your Home or Outside of the Barn
    • Affection + 4

Nina:

  1. Location 1: Outside Flower Shop
    • Affection: +4
  2. Location 2: In the Mountain or Mountain Cave
    • Affection: + 3
  3. Location 3: In her Bedroom
    • Affection: + 2
  4. Location 4: (As Wife) In your Home or Outside of the Barn
    • Affection + 5

Turnip Ending

In order to get the Turnip ending, you must have completed the following:

  • Ship at least 200 Turnips
  • Have at least 100+ Happiness

This is also a requirement in order to get the “best” ending in the game.

If you want to make sure you have the turnip ending, there is cheat that allows you to immediately skip to the “ending” of the game which will then show you all the endings you’ve obtained up to that point. If you hold L + R + Select as you are going to bed for the night, you will trigger all the endings that you would receive if you had legitimately ended the game with your current stats and items.

The Turnip ending scene | Harvest Moon SNES
The Turnip ending scene