Im­por­tant hay sal­vage and ditch mow­ing dates to know

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Saskatchew­an Agri­cul­ture

Hay can be sal­vaged any time dur­ing the spring or sum­mer months. Be­fore and in­clud­ing July 8, landown­ers or lessees near­est/ad­ja­cent to the ditch have the first op­tion to cut or bale ma­te­rial, but af­ter that day any­one can cut and bale with­out per­mis­sion from the prop­erty-owner, as long as no sal­vage op­er­a­tions have al­ready be­gun. It is rec­om­mended that par­tic­i­pants con­tact their lo­cal Min­istry of High­ways of­fice to pro­vide con­tact in­for­ma­tion and lim­its on where they are sal­vaging hay to avoid dis­putes.

Hay must be cut at a uni­form height in ditches and bales must be placed at least eight me­tres away from the shoul­der of the high­way. Bales must be re­moved by Au­gust 8, oth­er­wise they may be sub­ject to re­moval and dis­posal by the Min­istry of High­ways. Af­ter Au­gust 8, bales must be re­moved im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing haying op­er­a­tions. The min­istry may also re­move and dis­pose of hay bales in lo­ca­tions deemed un­safe for driv­ers.

Ditch Mow­ing

The Min­istry of High­ways is work­ing on its an­nual early mow­ing pro­gram along high­traf­fic-vol­ume high­ways, which be­gan June 7 and will con­tinue un­til July 15. Con­trac­tors cut a four-me­trewide 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 be com­pleted near some high­way in­ter­sec­tions and in­ter­changes, rail­way cross­ings and tourism fa­cil­i­ties.

Reg­u­lar ditch mow­ing will oc­cur along all four-lane high­ways be­tween July 15 and the fall months. A four-me­tre-wide strip will be mowed ad­ja­cent to the other high­ways with ad­di­tional mow­ing as re­quired to en­sure vis­i­bil­ity and weed con­trol. Progress is weather de­pen­dent.

Key Dates

• Up to July 15: Mow­ing in­cludes a four-me­tre shoul­der cut ad­ja­cent to the road. High­ways 1, 7, 11, 16 and 39, along with por­tions of High­ways 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10. Some high­way in­ter­sec­tions may re­ceive a full ditch cut to en­sure good sight­lines.

• July 15 to Oc­to­ber 15: Con­trac­tors be­gin mow­ing the width of ditches along all four-lane high­ways. All other high­ways get a four-me­tre cut ad­ja­cent to the high­way shoul­der.

• Au­gust 8: All hay bales must be re­moved from ditches or they may be re­moved and dis­posed of at the Min­istry of High­ways’ dis­cre­tion.

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