Forage crop production for hay or pasture can be important for the utilization of the many acres of reclaimed surface mined land in eastern Kentucky. Even though grasses and legumes are seeded during reclamation to provide ground cover and reduce soil loss, these areas are not usually managed for forage crop production. On the other hand, these vast land areas have the capability to provide significant amounts of desirable grasses or grass-legume mixtures for cattle when well-managed.
Thom, William O. and Rice, H. B., "Forage Production on Reclaimed Surface Mined Land in Eastern Kentucky" (1988). Agronomy Notes. 65.