Texas agriculture commissioner John Tate has given a warning to farmers who plan to plant crops in Texas’ vast grasslands.
Tate made the remarks Tuesday to reporters in Dallas, Texas.
He said that if farmers plan to begin planting in Texas in late spring or early summer, they must make sure their seeds are ready for harvest by mid-August.
If they do not, he said, the seeds will be planted at an early stage of the planting season.
He said that farmers must plant seedlings on dry land.
If the seedlings are not ready for seed harvesting, he recommended that farmers wait until the following planting season before planting in the grasslands, which is generally during June through August.
“The problem is, if the grassland is not planted before that, they are planting seeds that are not as fertile as they should be,” Tate said.
“You want to be sure to plant the seed that you planted before the grass is planted.”
He added that he would like to see farmers planting seeds in the spring.
The problem is that most Texas farmers do not have the time to do that.
Tayt said that the department is working on several initiatives to help farmers in the process of planting in grasslands by encouraging them to use more environmentally friendly practices.
The department is also conducting a grassland survey to determine whether there are adequate and sustainable grasslands in Texas.