Annual Ditch Mowing and Hay Salvage Program

Good afternoon,

The annual Ditch Mowing and Hay Salvage Program will make hay available at no cost on provincial highway ditches. This helps control brush and weeds, which maintains sightlines for motorists on curves and intersections. The program also optimizes snow storage in ditches, which reduces drifting on the road’s surface during the snowy winter months.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is once again planning an early mowing program between June 7 and July 15 along high traffic roads.

Priority for cutting and bailing highway ditches is given to the adjacent landowner before July 8. However, after July 8, the hay can be recovered by anyone, without the permission of the adjacent landowner. This is providing that salvage operations haven’t already begun.

For those who participate in the program, hay should be cut at a uniform height in the ditches and bales must be placed no less than eight metres away from the shoulder of the highway.  The Ministry may remove hay bales in locations deemed dangerous for motorists. As well, all hay bales need to be removed by Aug. 8, otherwise they will be subject to removal by the Ministry.

Ministry contractors will mow a four-metre-wide swath along shoulders adjacent to Highways 1, 7, 11, 16 and 39, along with portions of Highways 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10. During this time, mowing may also be completed near some highway intersections and interchanges, railway crossings and tourism facilities.

Contractors will also conduct regular ditch mowing, cutting  all four-lane highways between July 15 and the fall months. The four-metre-wide strip will be mowed adjacent to the other highways with additional mowing possible as required.

For more information, contact your nearest Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure office (below) or email

PO BOX 457
S6H 4P1


June 7 to July 15 (Stage I): Mowing includes a four-metre shoulder cut adjacent to the road on all highways within Gateway Corridor Network; the National Highway System is included in this category.  Some highway intersections may receive a full ditch cut to ensure good sightlines. 

July 8: Prior to this date, a landowner or lessee nearest to a highway ditch has the first option to cut or bale hay. After this date, anyone may cut and bale hay or grass in a highway ditch without getting the permission of the adjacent landowner, provided salvage operations haven’t begun.

Between July 15 to October 15th (Stage II): Ministry contractors will begin  mowing the entire width of ditches along all four-lane highways, while all other highways will get a four-metre cut adjacent to the highway shoulder. Some additional mowing may occur.

Brandy Leippi
Government of Saskatchewan
Communications Consultant
Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
1200-1855 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 3T2
Bus: 306-787-8484

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