Farmers need not only good weather for a bumper crop they also need good information. But if the shutdown continues any longer, that lack of information could lead to some problems.
It's been a good year for Joe Hagman.
"Looks like we might have a good crop year," he says. "Just get some good weather to get our crop in. Looks like we'll have one of our best years ever."
To keep it going, he'll need a good price on his crops, and a good report from the National Agriculture Statistics Service.
"If they're expecting a national average yield of 157 and a crop report comes out and says 'We're going to have 160 or more', that means the price is going down," Hagman says.
But that may be delayed. The shutdown's forcing the delay of this month's report, which provide farmers information on supply, demand, and prices.
"It can effect your market prices and effect the farmers and what they're using to do their bids, to contract, and get their future markets going," says Whitney Carman of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. She says that delay could have a trickle down effect.
"When you take an animal to the market, or you're trying to negotiate prices for livestock, if you've got a lot of livestock that you're trying to sell, that can effect them because they don't know what the current price is," she says. But Hagman says he's more worried about his crop now than he is about the shutdown.
"If we just keep this sun shining and keep these combines going, that's the main thing," he says.
Carman says the shutdown's also blocking farmers from applying for new loans and getting important subsidy payments.