Since Super Bowl week represents the pinnacle of American pigging-out, let's see if you know where all of that food comes from. The maps below show the geography of a dozen agricultural commodities from the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. You may remember this data set as the source of the goat maps I published a few weeks ago.
These are dot maps, where one dot equals a given quantity of some agricultural commodity -- plants, animals, whatever. I show you the map, and you tell me what's on it. Sounds easy, right?
I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.
I mean, you could have done worse?
Not bad, not bad.
Looks like someone's been eating their veggies -- and their pigs and chickens too.
Nice work! I hereby proclaim you a Wonkblog-Certified Agri-Wizard!
As always, here's a softball to get you started.
A lot of these in the Northeast, Wisconsin and California.
Wow, this stuff is everywhere! What could it be?
They're growing a lot of this in Kentucky, North Carolina and... Connecticut?
Arkansas is positively swimming in this stuff.
Okay, we've got a ton of these in western New York, Washington state and Michigan.
An awful lot of this in the South.
These are sort of scattered all over the place.
1 dot = 2 million? What could these be?
There's an awful lot of this in the high plains and Kansas, but barely any in Iowa. Hmm.
A lot of these in the Midwest and North Carolina.
Last one, and also probably the hardest. If you've ever been to western New York, you'll probably know what these are.