I know the farming and zone pulls arent fully ready yet, but whilst I was playing around with them, I realised that the amount of water needed to get a good plot size going was quite high.
That’s probably realistic ( plants need watering - and it was summer! ) but it also meant constant trips to the local swamp to fill up a steel jerrycan that could only water two tiles before it needed a refill.
What if, by digging a pit or a similar construction task, adjacent to a river tile, that pit then also became a shallow water tile?
Obviously this should be a strenuous and long-term project to get a stream to divert to near your crops, but it’s certainly something people can do IRL.
In addition, perhaps a sprinkler item/vehicle part could go well with that.
Not sure how easy it’d be to code, but I for one look forward to Cataclysm:farming simulator with anticipation.