Planting Experiences at the Rosebud Mine, Colstrip, MT

P. Martin
1987 Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation  
Western Energy Company has been actively involved in the evolution of reclamation seed mixes, equipment and technique since 1968. During this time the seed mix has changed from one all purpose mix composed primarily of introduced cool season grasses to four fundamental mixes (upland, lowland, conifer and supplemental), Over the years 28 variations of approved seed mixes have been planted at the Rosebud Mine. Equipment used for seeding and seedbed preparation have included a Rangeland drill with
more » ... 12 11 row spacing, a gouger/seeder and a sunflower cultipacker. Presently used equiment includes a Brillion broadcast seeder, a Horizon drill with 6" row spacing and a Brillion roller-harrow-packer. Planting technique has evolved from a single planting through multiple phase plantings with treatments separated by 6 to 12 month periods to the present method which entails drill seeding the larger seeded grasses followed immediately by seeding of the smaller seeded species with the Brillion broadcast seeder,
doi:10.21000/jasmr87010401 fatcat:7jzzb3h4krdi3lcrv6nqxmv7hi