Corn crops failing, Flickr/USDAMichael Scuse, Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service explains to a reporter how the drought destroyed corn crops in Idaville, White County, Indiana on Thursday, July 19, 2012. PHOTO: USDA/Jacob Maxwell.

By ELIYA AHMAD, age 11

In the Midwest, the summer heat is turning into a problem. A serious drought (the worst in nearly 50 years), caused by excessive heat and sparse rainfalls, is currently affecting 88% of the corn crop. Corn is hidden in almost all of the food we eat, since it is in animal feed and most processed foods, so a scarcity of corn could mean a rise in food prices.