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Make hay while the sun shines

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During the summer, farmers in Saskatchewan can salvage hay along provincial highways, which provides an opportunity for those in need of feed for livestock. 

According to the Government of Saskatchewan, anyone may cut and bale hay, at any time since July 8 without permission from the nearby landowner, provided mowing and salvage operations haven’t already begun.

“The annual hay salvage and mowing program provides many benefits by taking into account the needs of area landowners, producers and motorists,” Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. 

“The hay salvage and mowing program strikes a balance by combining the needs of different groups and delivering a cost-effective program.”

Cutting grass along provincial highways provides many benefits as it optimizes snow storage in ditches which reduces drifting on the road surface during the winter. 

At the same time, it provides a neat appearance improving visibility and control of brush and noxious weed growth.

The ministry delivers the mowing program with the assistance of contractors. This year, approximately 41,000 hectares were tendered. The first cut began last month and focused on the northern region.  

The second cut of mowing will begin as early as July 15. 

Mowing in the west central and southwest regions including Swift Current and North Battleford Districts begins Aug. 15. 

This allows additional time to salvage hay in anticipation of below-normal moisture conditions.