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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:42 PM

I wanna create an auto sugar cane farm using the technic pack, but I need to know the exact amount of seconds it takes so the pistons will push, and I can maximize my sugar cane output. If someone only knows the amount of Minecraft days, I'll do the conversions myself. Thanks.
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:54 PM

Just like all crops, it's mostly randomised from my understanding, so unless you set it to a couple of days or so, your yield would be fairly inconsistent.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:54 PM

It's somewhat random. Basically the game does a growth check periodically and if the check fails then the cane doesn't grow that cycle. I would say that within one minecraft day for sure most would be the max height of 3.  

You can setup a test facility and try a long timer and then shorten it until you're harvest numbers start to drop off.  For example setup 10 sugarcanes and start with one minecraft day as your harvest period.  You should get 20 sugarcanes if all of them grew to max height.  If you did then shorten the harvest period by 1 minute and see how many you get, etc.
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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:55 PM

Set it at 100 seconds and you'll get about 1 each.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 12:12 AM

Approximately 10-15 minutes to grow to full height it would seem.

The growth of them isn't as random as wheat.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:54 AM

5 minutes to get to 2 high, which is the optimum hight for auto harvesting.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:35 AM

Just hook up a BUD switch, use another sugar cane as the block to be updated, when it grow, the block gets updated and a piston cuts in, there's an output you can hook up to other pistons to harvest.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:56 AM

In order to learn how to grow sugar cane, you must first learn how to reed.
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:07 AM

View PostThaBeserkHobo, on 27 October 2011 - 11:42 PM, said:

I wanna create an auto sugar cane farm using the technic pack, but I need to know the exact amount of seconds it takes so the pistons will push, and I can maximize my sugar cane output. If someone only knows the amount of Minecraft days, I'll do the conversions myself. Thanks.

If you opted for the Redpower mod in that pack, you can craft a timer to help you avoid too complicated wiring, and well your timing depends on how tall you want your reeds growing;

if you have them 1 block high, growing into a 2nd, then harvesting, set your timer for about 5 minutes, that seems to work for me.. if you're setting it for growing 2 blocks before each harvest, set it to 10 minutes instead :)

Though i can't guarantee you'll always get the max. output, it shouldn't lag you up as long as your farm isn't all too massive ^^

Sugarcane growth is indeed mostly random as others have said ; i've done quite a lot of manual harvests in my time, and seen them grow instantly after being harvested, and i've seen them take as long as five'ish minutes to grow.. but if you want to be thorough about your efficiency, i advise testing for yourself.. just set up something like a 50-sample growth test, let them grow and then harvest and start your timer, wait for the first one to grow, note the time, and then wait for the last one to grow and stop the timer.. somewhere inbetween there is your optimal time.
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:36 AM

For me, it takes about one Minecraft day to grow from one block high to three blocks high.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:08 PM

Just use a BUD (Block Update Detector)

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:29 AM

just make a BUD switch that activates when the sugar can reaches 3 high, and connect it to a piston

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:25 PM

View PostXx_Epikness_xX, on 29 July 2012 - 08:08 PM, said:

Just use a BUD (Block Update Detector)

View Postawsomeguy77, on 30 July 2012 - 01:29 AM, said:

just make a BUD switch that activates when the sugar can reaches 3 high, and connect it to a piston
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:26 PM

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