- Main article: Barley
Barley is one of the different types of Crops in Farming Simulator 17. Although slightly less lucrative than Wheat, Barley is a very close alternative. Barley is simple and very fast to work, and provides free Straw.
Barley is one of the three principle crops that the player can immediately begin to grow at game-start, since all of the equipment is already available.
Barley is planted using a regular Sowing Machine, on a field that has been prepared by a Cultivator or Plow. There are 3 Sowing Machines available in the base game. More advanced Barley Sowing Machines also cultivate the soil as they sow, removing the need to pre-cultivate it.
After four growing phases (about 21 hours of in-game time, at the "Fast" growing speed setting), Barley is ready to harvest. There are many Harvesting Headers in the game that are capable of harvesting Barley, and most are quite wide, meaning that the work should be done rather quickly.
As with all other crops, a Barley field can be Fertilized in order to double its yield.
Harvested Barley can be stored in Tipper Trailers or offloaded into the Silo at the farm. It can be sold in a variety of locations on each map, for a variable price that depends on current market forces. Generally, Barley gives only slightly less cash reward per each hectare compared to Wheat, and slightly more than Canola. It is also far more lucrative than Corn, but much less lucrative than the root plants (Potatoes and Sugar Beets).
While harvesting Barley, the harvester may be instructed to leave a Straw swath behind it. This is a free resource, and there is no real reason to disable Straw swathing. Straw can only be created from Wheat and Barley. It is an important resource for improving Milk yields from Cows. Since it is basically free, Straw is a good "filler" component in Total Mixed Ration (TMR), a high-yield Cow feed, but it is not strictly required in the mixture.