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I'm working on a fully-automatic farm now that 1.5 is out. The plan is to use redstone to flush fully-grown crops into a channel to be collected by a hopper and then picked up by a cart. The issue I've ran into, however, is that seeds do no seem to be planted by dispensers or droppers. The wiki says bone meal can be used on growing crops from dispensers, but is it possible to plant the crops from either device?

This is my current setup:

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I use MineFactory Reloaded's Planters and Harvesters for this functionality. It's seriously an exceptional mod. Look into it. My wheat harvester is fully independent. I'd post pictures but I haven't played Minecraft in like two months, I haven't even transferred the files onto this computer yet. – Mark Kramer May 27 '13 at 1:26
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In vanilla Minecraft, wheat, carrots, and potatoes must be planted by hand, although they can be automatically harvested with water or pistons.

You might be able to get the functionality you want with a mod, but I don't know of any. Sorry!

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Forestry and Thaumcraft both automate harvesting and replanting. This design might also work with RedPower2 deployers, but I have not tried to see if they will place crops (since the Forestry and Thaumcraft methods are easier). – SevenSidedDie Mar 14 '13 at 15:28
Redpower can actually plant seeds, and I've seen quite a few builds that use that mechanic. The farms you make like that can be a lot more compact and a lot faster than the other options, as long as you have infinite bone meal to supply your farm with. – Jochem Mar 16 '13 at 13:33
The best mod for planting and harvesting crops is Minefactory Reloaded. Here is a video covering the mod, the first machine group covered is the Planter/Fertilizer/Harvester. – Mark Kramer May 27 '13 at 1:29
I'm pretty sure testificates replant crops now. – Fambida Feb 5 at 0:47
@Fambida yes. As of 1.8, Farmer(!) villagers will plant and harvest carrots, potatoes and wheat. Note that they will pick them up themselves unless their inventory is already full. They will also try to share these will other villagers (converting wheat into bread in the process) which can be exploited to create villager AI farms. – MrLemon Feb 5 at 9:50

You can use

/fill xyz xyz minecraft:carrots 
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