How does Marge the Witch speed up a crop?

marge-cropIf you decided to purchase the Cauldron, you’ll also get the Marge the Witch costume. One of her jobs, specifically her 4h job, allows her to “Speed up a crop” on Cletus’s Farm. So how does this work?

If you choose to speed up a crop, you will shave four hours off of the harvest time. This is only recommended to be used on crops that take longer than four hours to complete, so the first crop that could really benefit from the magic of Marge the Witch is Silvertongue, which normally takes eight hours to grow before being ready to harvest.

In the instances of Moonshine, which normally takes twenty-four hours to harvest, you could have it ready in half the time. The catch is that you would have to send use her “Speed up a crop” job three time in a row.

4 × 3 = 12
24 – 12 = 12

It might seem a bit complicated, but when used properly it can prove to be incredibly useful.

More Examples

If you use on it a crop like Tomacco, which normally takes sixty minutes to complete, Marge The Witch will reduce the time to just thirty minutes. So while you’ll have your Tomacco crop that much sooner, you’ll still have her on task for another three and a half hours. Any new crops planted while she is still on task will have their time reduced by four hours. The only exception is Tomacco as the harvest time is reduced by 50% instead of by four hours.

This works with all crops, even Corn. Actual Corn. The difference however is negligible, because shaving four hours off a task that takes ninety days isn’t that beneficial. Theoretically you could just keep sending Marge The Witch on this task, and reduce the time to just forty-five days.

Some users have reported this doesn’t work, but in my testing the timer never jumped backed up after Marge The Witch completed her task. The harvest time always decreased.

Who has the time to wait eight hours for Silvertongue?


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15 Comments on “How does Marge the Witch speed up a crop?”

  1. Dude
    November 9, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    This sucks mine is broken. The time resets every time she finishes the job. 75 donuts for nothing. Is there any word on them fixing this?

    • XTC
      November 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #


  2. Anonymous
    November 9, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    This sucks mine is broken. The time resets every time she finishes the job. 75 donuts for nothing. Is there any word on them fixing this?

    • November 9, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      I haven’t heard of any problems with this, though I suppose some people could be experiencing glitches.

  3. Necroscope81
    October 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Witch Marge seems to have had her mechanics change. She now halves Tomacco (30 mins) and Perfection (22 secs). Weird things happen when you use her on Triffids, it appears to reduce it by 4 hours, but then if she finishes the time goes up… I’m not sure what it is, other than odd. It doesn’t seem to be the static 4 hours anymore though.

    • October 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      If she finishes her task before the crop does, then the time may jump back up.

  4. October 9, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    My Marge is all glitches and is off in the nether border area where I can’t tap on her to get the ghost in the machine task done! I don’t know how to fix her and get her back in the game- any ideas? Is it just a bug?

    • HomerJSympsun
      October 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      EA says they’ll fix this glitch soon. In the meantime, store Moe’s Tavern in your inventory then replace it; any task Moe and Marge were on will be reset. For now, also be sure to keep Homer and Lisa off of these “roaming” tasks since their building cannot be stored.

  5. Big M
    October 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Cool, thanks for this one!

    If I’m doing the math right, tomacco still gives the best yield on an hourly basis, even with Marge speeding the bigger ones up every four hours: $60/hr tomacco vs $55/hr silvertongue and $37.50/hr moonshine and $33.33 corn done in 45-day TSTP recluse mode. Is that right?

    • October 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Hehe. I don’t know about the math but I’m chuckling at “recluse mode.”

  6. Rayph Wiggum
    October 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Has anybody been able to figure out the glitch where it doesn’t always work?

  7. October 8, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I bought the cauldron and was wondering how this worked. Thank you!

  8. C
    October 8, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Does this work for corn too?

    • October 8, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      It does. Theoretically you could finish growing corn in 45 days, but you’d have to be very diligent with Marge the Witch to get it done that quickly. Taking into account other daily activities and sleep, if all you did was use Marge the Witch to speed up crops, you might be able to get it done somewhere around 60 days instead of the full 90.

      • C
        October 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

        Thank you!! I have another 24 days to go, best to speed it up!

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