Why Oklahoma State University is planting vegetative-state seeds
Oklahoma State’s Department of Agriculture is planting some of the seeds to create “Oklahoma Vegetative-State Seedbank” (OVS) to help farmers who want to plant seeds from seeds grown in the state.
Oklahoma’s Oklahoman reports that the seeds will be available for “vegetative-stocked seedboxes” for seed growers and others.
The Oklahomans report that the state is not allowing seedboxes in all fields, so seed banks are needed.
A few farmers have already planted seeds in fields.
Farmers who want seeds planted in their fields will need to fill out an application for the Oklahan, but those who have not yet planted the seeds may apply online or mail the application to the USDA office.
The USDA is asking that farmers fill out the USDA OVS application form.
Oklahoma State is currently in the process of expanding its vegetable seed program to include other crops and is looking to find other farmers to plant seed in their own fields.