[Tagging] Is crop=yes tag completely and utterly useless?

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 18 13:41:32 UTC 2019

On Sun, 18 Aug 2019 at 14:13, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

this is what you can always do, and what you should do if you don’t know
> the specifics, although from a survey (or even from detailed aerial
> imagery) even a city dweller would usually be able to distinguish at least
> pasture from crops (if she passes there at the right time).

It is often possible to see a random speckle of white blobs and infer those
are sheep.  The
problem is that farmers move sheep from one field to another after they've
eaten all
the grass in one field.  So absence of white blobs does not mean the field
is not used
for pasture.  And, as I already mentioned, that field may be used for
pasture only one
year in four as part of crop rotation.

Thinking about it, maybe we should reactivate landuse=pasture and add
landuse=arable.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arable_land which makes
distinction between pasture, arable land, and land for permanent woody crops
(orchard, vineyards, rubber plantation, nut trees, etc.)  We already have
tags for
many of the woody crops, so adding pasture and arable would fit in well and
wouldn't require us to change the crop=* every year because of crop

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