INDIANAPOLIS -- A widely diverse work team recently completed a new guide to help farmers manage cropland that is returned to production agriculture after it has been mined and reclaimed.
This is the second publication the group has released.
This team is composed of soil scientists, agronomists, coal mine operators, coal mine regulators and farmers.
They have met and worked during a period of years to produce the information in the guide, plus an earlier publication, "A Citizens Guide to Mined Land Reclamation."
The new publication, "Farm Management Practices for Reclaimed Cropland," was developed for the soils in the southern Indiana and Illinois where surface mining operations are common on agricultural lands.
"A high percentage of the soils in this area are classified as 'prime farmland,' which means they are highly productive before they are mined. Our efforts focused on returning the land to ag production," Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Reclamation representative Bob Jones said.
"We pulled this group together because it spans all the organizations that know mining operations, soil science, agronomy and production agriculture," Office of Surface Mining representative Russ Miller added.