Hay And Ditch Mowing Gets Into Full Swing

Saskatchewan producers can gather hay along provincial highways. After July 8, anyone may cut and bale hay without permission from the nearby landowner, if no mowing or hay recovery is underway by the adjacent landowner/lessee.

“Our annual hay and ditch mowing program not only benefits the people of our province but also exemplifies our commitment to addressing the needs of area landowners, producers and motorists,” Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. “By striking a perfect balance, we have successfully created a cost-effective program that caters to the diverse needs of everyone in Saskatchewan.”

Cutting along provincial highways improves sight lines, helps control brush and noxious weeds, and provides a neat appearance.  Cutting also optimizes snow storage in ditches reducing drifting on the road surface in the winter.   

The ministry will deliver the mowing program with the assistance of contractors. Approximately 43,500 hectares will be cut in 2023. The ministry also works with local RM’s to deliver additional mowing across the province.

If you’re planning to travel, check the Highway Hotline at, which provides up-to-date information on construction, emergency road closures, the status of ferries, barges and other road activities. Information is also available by calling 5-1-1.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $12 billion in highways infrastructure since 2008, improving more than 19,400 km of Saskatchewan highways.

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