I spent three hours collecting the Giant Barley Straw, and felt like a fool when I found out it could have taken two minutes!
The best map to search is Fareast Main Street, one more east of the Forest most people search through.
On the map, there are two types of barley plants. There is a Giant Barley Grass plant, and a Giant Barley plant. The Giant Barley Grass plant grows in patches in the farm, and does not drop Giant Barley Grass.
The Giant Barley plant grows around the rest of the map randomly, and drops the Giant Barley Grass Straw frequently.
Good luck to all future farmers ; ) also you do not lose the Giant Barley Straw when you take the farmer job, so you can jump start would-be farmer friend!
Last edited by Aerodynamite; 10-05-2009 at 01:14 PM.