You're probably aware that Lunar New Year officially commenced on January 28, 2017. Traditionally, 12 zodiac signs were used to date the years in addition with 5 elements. This year marks the Fire Rooster Year. The types of zodiac sign and element designated to a person’s date of birth gives an indication as to their character type along with things that may bring them luck or misfortune. For the remaining 13 days of Lunar New Year, there will be many festivities, events, and people spending time with their families worldwide.
Historically, farmers saw spring as the start of a new year in agriculture. After winter was over, farmers would clean the fields and plant new seeds. On 1 of the days during Lunar New Year, farmers would show off their crops. During the Shang dynasty, a ‘year’ was determined according to farmers and their planting experiences. This lead to the creation of the agricultural calendar which helped farmers know optimal times to plant seeds.
Now, China houses the densest population in the world with just 1/10 of the world’s arable lands. China is also the largest crop exporter. Recently, the agricultural IoT industry has been growing rapidly. Agricultural sensors are used to find optimal conditions for growth to increase crop yield. This includes pH and nutrient monitoring in soil, temperature, humidity, etc. China is currently employing remote-sensing technology to improve their produce. As we head towards this field, we also believe it is essential for both small and large-scale farmers to know the type of land they’re dealing with so they can take care of it and prevent any environmental degradation.
Here at Ambience Data, we are wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year spent with family, friends, and of course, good food.