THE USA OF PBJ

You’re never too old for a delicious peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Using data from the US Dept of Agriculture’s CropScape program, I mapped out growing regions for some of the major ingredients in a PBJ. Originally I only included grape jelly, before realizing the nation is divided on more than just politics. Personally, I like to use a lot of blueberry and blackberry jam, but I stuck with the top two here.

CropScape comes in 30m resolution raster data, so I binned the data into these diamond polygons. Hexagons might be all the rage, but the diamonds reminded me of a picnic blanket. There were a lot of stray pixels, so I only kept areas that were above average for each crop, since I’m interested in predominant regions rather than the odd, personal home garden. I used ArcGIS Pro with a bit of help from GIMP to create the starts and patterns.

Hover to zoom, or press and hold on mobile. Original is 8.5″ x 11″.

Also, here’s a hopefully more color-blind friendly alternative.

Hover to zoom, or press and hold on mobile. Original is 8.5″ x 11″.
Aaron Koelker
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