The drought and heat wave that have plagued the Midwest to central Plains have resulted in smaller corn yields and rising prices for the consumer.
But there may be a way to combat the shortage and put a little bit of money back into the pockets of consumers, one expert says.
According to Dr. James Dunn, professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State University, decreasing the amount of ethanol in our fuel could mitigate the shortages and bring down the cost of corn and corn-dependent products.
On average, the U.S. uses 40 percent of its corn crop for ethanol.
"We have a mandate to have 10% ethanol in our gasoline. To a certain extent, that usage is optional," said Penn State University Professor of agricultural Economics, Jim Dunn.
"It's mandatory because of the law but it's possible that the government, if they chose to do so, could suspend that or lower the percentage to 7%, and that probably would relieve the pressure dramatically, should they do that," Dunn said.
Though the government has never before altered this mandate, the Congress and Senate are very well aware of the looming crisis, Dunn said.
The drought has significantly damaged the corn and soybean crop across the United States, with 88 percent of the nation now experiencing some level of drought and more than 45 percent facing moderate to severe conditions.
This past month was the most widespread, severe drought for the U.S. in July since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.
With experts speculating the continued increase in the cost of meat, dairy, animal feed and other corn-dependent products, a greater surplus of corn through the lessened usage of ethanol would help to lower prices across the board.
While a decrease in the percentage of ethanol added into fuel would mean an increase in the amount of gasoline, it would not make a noticeable difference in the cost of fuel.
"The day-to-day variation is such that we wouldn't really notice that kind of a change," Dunn said.
"We'll know better when the new crop report comes out, but at this point, it looks like a significant portion of [farmers] are in really pretty bad shape."
After turbulent and unsettled weather kicks off September, Detroit will see calmer skies approaching midweek.
After turbulent and unsettled weather to kick off September, Cleveland will see calmer skies approaching midweek.
Minneapolis will face a stretch of unsettled weather over the next several days as thunderstorms and cloudy skies make a presence over the area.
After a chillier summer for many across the country, fall is around the corner and large retailers have already been stocking the shelves with autumnal products.
When the right mix of heat and bacteria clashes with other natural and man-made factors, hazardous and unsightly conditions can arise in water areas across the country.
The next Atlantic tropical depression or storm may take shape in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche during the next couple of days.
Yuma, AZ (1950)
123 degrees - hottest temperature ever in Yuma. Yuma is the hottest city in the U.S.
Los Angeles, CA (1955)
110 degrees, hottest day ever in September. This mark was tied September 4, 1988.
Milwaukee, WI (1988)
Hottest summer on record. Six days of 100 degrees or greater and 36 days of 90 or above. Average temperature of 73.8 beat the old record of 72.8 set in 1921 and 1955. The normal average tempera- ture for a summer in Milwaukee is 68.3 degrees.