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The other day I was playing Banished and built a few fishing docks. I then took a look at the amount of fish it was producing and noticed that it was also producing 38 corn for that season. That never happened again but that led me to wonder, "Is this a bug or is this just some random chance type thing built into the game (Although I have no idea how that makes sense)".

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It's probably a bug, but I dunno. I've seen my tavern need fish once. It's probably just a mix-up somewhere, but hey! Now I know why my corn tastes fishy. – Garan Feb 25 '14 at 0:32
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Crop fields will, on occasion, pull nearby workers to help harvest their yield. This is because designated farmers will turn the crop into food baskets and, on occasion, leave them to go do something else (bring food/firewood back their house, go to sleep, etc.) At this point, the food basket becomes a resource just laying around and any nearby citizen will pick it up and take it to the relevant storage facility. Said resource will now count as being produced by the citizen's work facility, leading to your fishing docks producing corn and (in my case) mines producing wheat.

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It can also happen when they change professions. If they were a corn farmer or a laborer that happened to be moving some corn and then the game swapped its profession to fisherman. It does this periodically to try and optimize housing travel distances.

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