Thanksgiving by the Numbers
The forecast for the number of turkeys Minnesota will raise in 2013. The Gopher State was tops in turkey production, followed by North Carolina (35 million), Arkansas (29 million), Indiana (17 million), Missouri (17 million), and Virginia (16 million).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/TurkRaisSu/TurkRaisSu-09-30-2013.pdf
768 million pounds
The forecast for US cranberry production in 2012. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 450 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 210 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington were also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 14 to 54 million pounds.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,
2.6 billion pounds
The total weight of sweet potatoes—another popular Thanksgiving side dish—produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2012. North Carolina (1.2 billion pounds) produced more sweet potatoes than any other state, followed by California, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf