Take some tips from the masters themselves. Kotaku interviews game developer Zynga, "who has generously offered to help, by sharing FarmVille strategy tips on how to make the most of your land, your crops, and your livestock".
13 Steps to Mastering FarmVille:
Step 1 Make The Most Of What's Around
"Utilize the space on your farm efficiently by keeping your plots organized. This will increase your Experience and profit."
Step 2 Covet Thy Neighbors' Gifts
"Instead of purchasing animals and trees from the Marketplace, add some Neighbors! Neighbors can send these items as Gifts to you, for free! Don't forget to return the favor by sending one back to them. Remember, what goes around, comes around!"
Step 3 Take Advantage Of Your Animals
"Animals are more than just cute! When your animals' counter reaches 100% you can collect milk, eggs, wool, and other items that you can sell for coins!"
Step 4 Here's Why You Build Them Up...Buttercup
"Buildings not only look great on your farm but constructing them can provide you with a hefty amount of Experience. Horse Stables, Dairy Barns and Chicken Coops can also be used to store your animals. If you're lucky, you might even receive a Foal or Calf when collecting from your Horse Stable or Dairy Barn."
Step 5 Expand Your Horizons
"Feeling cramped? If you need more room to grow, expand your farm! Additional land can be purchased from the Marketplace for Coins or Farm Cash. Remember, in order to expand your land for Coins, you must have enough neighbors! Check out the Marketplace to review how many Neighbors you need to gain additional land."
Step 6 Pimp Your Farm With Your Rides
"Vehicles can be purchased from the Marketplace to assist with your farming needs. FarmVille features a Hot Rod Tractor, Harvester and Seeder that can be used to plow, plant and harvest your farm in no time!"
Step 7 Become A Tree Hugger
"When your trees' counter reaches 100%, you can collect various types of fruit that can be sold for coins! Fruit does not rot, so no need to worry about them withering."
Step 8 Achievement Unlocked
"FarmVille features numerous Achievements that can be obtained by completing various tasks within the game. In addition to a Ribbon to show off to your friends, you can also gain Experience points, Decorations for your farm and Coins!"
Step 9 Time Your Harvest Well
"FarmVille features crops that are ready to harvest at varying times. Make sure to plant crops that ripen when you are available. Doing so will ensure that your crops are less likely to wither."
Step 10 Neighborhood Watch
"Assisting neighbors with daily chores and fertilizing their crops will provide you with valuable Experience points and Coins. Fertilized crops will reward additional Experience points when harvested, so don't let them wither."
Step 11 Don't Keep Your Comments To Yourself
"Want to talk to your neighbors? Leave them a comment! The new Comment Box can be used to send messages to, and receive messages from your friends. You can also easily keep track of who has visited your farm, fertilized your crops, fed your chickens and sent gifts sent to you by clicking the "visits" tab in the Comment Box."
Step 12 Save Your Coins
"When starting FarmVille for the first time, make sure to save your coins. Plant and Plow in moderation for the first few levels. Gradually add more plots of land once you are more familiar with the game and its mechanics. If you add too many plots of land too soon, you may not have enough money to buy crops!"
Step 13 Take Shortcuts
"FarmVille features various consumables that will make your daily chores a breeze. Use the 'Arborist' and 'Farm Hands' items to harvest all of your trees and animals with a single click!"