Hay Salvage

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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.

Safety is the number one priority, so 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.

Moose Jaw
Box 457, Highway 2 South
Moose Jaw, SK  S6H 4P1


Key Dates for Hay Salvage

  • July 8: Prior to and including this day, a landowner or lessee nearest to a highway ditch has the first opportunity to cut or bale hay. After this day, anyone may cut and bale hay in a highway ditch without permission of the adjacent landowner or lessee.
  • After July 8: Cut and bale is a first come, first serve basis. After this day, the nearest landowner's permission is not required. Cutting and baling should not be initiated, if a 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 discretion of the Ministry of Highways.
  • After August 8: Bales must be removed.