Can You Harvest Grass Along Highways For Forage?

Farmers who are short on hay and pasture can harvest the grass within right-of-way of highways maintained by state of Iowa.

Published on: Jul 18, 2012

The Iowa DOT makes no guarantee as to the quality and quantity of the grasses or presence of any toxic materials or other contaminants. Applicants should check with the local Iowa DOT maintenance facility for herbicide application records.

Iowa DOT Form 810050 "Harvesting and Mowing Permit Application" is available from any of the DOT district headquarters or online from Iowa DOT. The application covers three types of operations: mowing only; harvesting hay in large or small bales; or harvesting plant material other than hay with machinery, by hand or with hand tools.