Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2017

MnDOT reminds farmers it is illegal to plant crops in highway rights of way

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal. Plantings pose a safety concern as crops can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

State law also prohibits plowing and tilling in rights of way—including driving lanes, shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections—which can lead to erosion that adversely affects the environment.

“Our roadway technicians are knowledgeable and willing to help landowners adopt practices that enhance safety and the environment,” said Steve Lund, state maintenance engineer. “The goal of these restrictions is to ensure safety and to protect roadside environments.”

For further information regarding roadway regulations, or assistance in identifying right of way boundaries on a state highway, contact Mark Renn, 320-223-6522 or by email mark.renn@state.mn.us.

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