Posted at 2:30 PM on November 21, 2012
by Paul Tosto
I've been swimming around in turkey data.
We all know Minnesota is the nation's number one state in turkey production.
Here are few other stats:
-- In 1992, the USDA listed separate production numbers from 28 states. Minnesota that year accounted for about 13 percent of total US production. It was a poor second that year to North Carolina.
-- Last year, USDA listed separate production from only 13 states. Minnesota was on top, with 16 percent of turkey production.
Here's a look at the changes in Minnesota's turkey herd (number of turkeys is in millions).
So, over 20 years, Minnesota's herd increased by about 8 percent but meat production jumped 47 percent.
The jump in average turkey weights has been a national phenomenon. It's also been controversial. Economically, there's no doubt Minnesota's benefited from the changes in turkey genetics and consumer demand.
-- Paul Tosto