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

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Aug 18 13:50:07 UTC 2019

landuse=meadow is also used for pasture, as mentioned on it's wiki
page and description. Since it's not always obvious if grass is going
to be grazed or cut for hay, it would often be difficult to tell the

I normally only use landuse=farmland for cropland, since the other
times of agricultural land have more specific tags: landuse=farmyard
for animal pens, barns, paddocks etc, landuse=orchard for orchards and
plantations, landuse=vineyard for grape vines, landuse=meadow for
pasture and meadow, landuse=aquaculture. Those tags cover everything
except cropland, and fallow farmland, I think.

On 8/18/19, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Aug 2019 at 14:13, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 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
> the
> 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
> rotation.
> --
> Paul

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