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

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Aug 18 14:10:36 UTC 2019

It's unlikely that a synonym of landuse=farmland will be accepted by
most mappers. That's why I suggested using something like
landuse=farmland + farmland=cropland - the key farmland=* is already
used (though not in a very consistent or helpful way). Or cropland=yes
would also work fine.

For fallow fields, there is already a tag fallow=yes which has been
used in a few places. I'm thinking of starting to use this for fields
in my area that have been left fallow for more than 1 year, but still
are clearly areas of farmland and not yet overgrown with scrub.

On 8/18/19, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Aug 2019 at 14:52, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 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
>> difference.
> I didn't spot meadow.  Sure, that's fine.
> 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.
> So how about landuse=arable for cropland and only have crop=* where the
> mapper is certain it's monoculture and what the crop is?  Maybe
> landuse=fallow
> too, although I'm not certain that is useful.  That leaves landuse=farmland
> for the situation where you're sure it's used for farming but can't tell
> from
> aerial imagery if it's meadow or arable or strawberries or...
> --
> Paul

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