[Tagging] on the name of a tag for landcover

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Mon Aug 13 22:11:17 BST 2012

Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Still "grass"
> > doesn't become a landuse.
> >
> I woul dnot agree with this statement. In many areas of the world,
> grass is
> grown and harvested as (winter) fodder for animals. According to
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Landuse this is tagged as
> landuse=grass
> If the grass is used for grazing, the wiki suggests landuse=meadow
> For the the mapper who is not a farming expert, it's often difficult
> to
> distinguish between the two uses. In addition in many cases both uses
> apply
> to the same piece of land at different seasons.
> Volker
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Yes, if animals are intended to graze on the grass, if the grass will be harvested for use as fodder (what my earlier message termed a hay field), or if sod will subsequently be transplanted elsewhere (a sod farm), then the grass is being grown as a crop, and landuse=grass is appropriate.

John F. Eldredge --  john at jfeldredge.com
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