I'm curious, why exactly are we not allowed to define our own spritesheet for crops? The code required is quite simple.
In the crop custom renderer code, which I assume exists:
I can see you not wanting to cause performance issues with spritesheet spam, but it seems highly limiting to force users to merge their spritesheets.
I was thinking to make a Creosote Bush for Railcraft, but the spritesheet issue and the complexity of the code combined with the difficulty in testing is discouraging to say the least.