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What is the best way to tag rice paddies/fields?

I have seen landuse=farm. (Perhaps with crop=rice) Rice paddies are characterised by areas that are often flooded with water, and so they are quite different to other areas of farmland. Is there a better tag?

asked 25 Apr '11, 01:23

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This major class of agricultural land has no specific tagging scheme associated with it. The French Corine Landuse import merely assigned it to landuse=farm (see CLC Tagging scheme).

There are over 1200 uses of crop=rice in Europe on tagwatch, so your suggestion is at least consistent with the usage of others. Corine has a category for flooded crops, so it may be sensible to add a farm=flooded_crops tag as well.

Another option would be to use the natural=wetland tag with wetland=flooded_crops, but I'm not in favour of this suggestion even though it would render. It is too close to 'tagging for the renderer'

Typical national topo maps in areas of rice cultivation usually have specific cartographic symbols for rice paddies, as did the world mapping of the Soviet Union. As more areas outside Europe receive detailed mapping attention I expect that OSM map renders will follow suit.

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answered 25 Apr '11, 11:32

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Thanks. That seems reasonable.

(28 Apr '11, 08:11) Ebenezer

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