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Hay Salvage and Ditch Mowing

The hay salvage and mowing program provides:

  • free hay to farmers
  • a neat appearance
  • improved visibility
  • better control of brush and harmful weed growth
  • snow storage in ditches during the winter months

Hay Salvage

Hay can be salvaged any time during the spring or summer months.

Hay must be cut at a uniform height in ditches. Bales must be placed at least eight metres away from the shoulder of the highway.

As safety is the number one priority, the Ministry of Highways may remove and dispose of hay bales if locations are deemed unsafe for drivers.

Participant should contact their local ministry office to provide contact information and limits on where they are salvaging hay. This will help to avoid disputes and better coordinate with other activities that may be happening within the highway ditch, including ditch mowing by contractors and others.

Key dates for hay salvage

  • July 8: Prior to and including this date, a landowner or lessee nearest to a highway ditch has the first opportunity to cut or bale hay.
  • After July 8: Cut and bale hay on a first come, first serve basis. The nearest landowner's permission is not required after this date. Cutting and baling hay should not be initiated if the mowing contractor is mowing near the area.
  • August 8: All hay bales must be removed from ditches or they may be removed and disposed of at the ministry's discretion.
  • After August 8: Bales must be removed immediately following haying operations.

Ditch Mowing

Ditch mowing happens from June to October every year.

The ministry contracts out the work for the annual mowing program. Early mowing takes place in June and July where contractors cut a four-metre wide strip on heavily travelled primary and secondary highways.

Regular ditch mowing is done later in the season from mid-July to mid-October with all four-lane highways receiving a full-width cut. Heavily travelled two-lane highways will receive a twelve-metre cut. Secondary highways will receive an eight-metre cut. A four-metre wide strip will be mowed adjacent to the other highways with additional mowing as required to ensure visibility and weed control. Mowing may also be done near some highway intersections, interchanges, railway crossings and tourism facilities.

Mowing progress is dependent on weather and contractor schedules.

Key dates for ditch mowing

  • June 7 – July 15: early mowing of Highways 1, 7, 11, 16 and 39. Portions of Highways 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29 and more.
  • July 16 – October 15: Regular ditch mowing (full-width) will occur along all four-lane highways. Heavily travelled two-lane highways will receive a twelve-metre cut. Secondary highways will receive an eight-metre cut. All other highways get a four-metre cut adjacent to the highway shoulder.

Download our handy Ditch Mowing Factsheet for more information.

Contact Information

For additional information or to provide contact information and limits of hay salvage operations, please contact the district office in your area:

Swift Current
303 - 350 Cheadle Street West
Swift Current, SK  S9H 4G3

306-778-8322
Moose Jaw
Box 457, Highway 2 South
Moose Jaw, SK  S6H 4P1

306-694-3711
Weyburn
18 Souris Avenue North West
Weyburn, SK  S4H 3M7

306-848-2435
North Battleford
502 - 114th Street
North Battleford, SK  S9A 2M6

306-446-7470
Saskatoon
126 - 105th Street East
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 1Z3

306-933-5306
Yorkton
304 - 120 Smith Street East
Yorkton, SK  S3N 3V3

306-786-1658
Meadow Lake
Box 1350, 212 1st Street East
Meadow Lake, SK  S9X 1Z1

306-236-7652
Prince Albert
Box 3003, 81 North Industrial Drive
Prince Albert, SK  S6V 6G1

306-953-2735
La Ronge
Box 597, 1328 La Ronge Avenue
La Ronge, SK  S0J 1L0

306-425-4494

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