U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory.
Most of Iowa, including the southeast part of the state, is still recovering from the effects of last year’s drought.
This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.
Drought hit Illinois farmers hard last year, though many of those farmers had federally subsidized crop insurance that helped them cope.
Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.