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Indiana popcorn production hit a record last year

There’s no time like the present for a movie marathon with popcorn galore. 

2014 was a record year for popcorn production in Indiana — farmers produced 432 million pounds of popcorn in Indiana, despite a wet spring that threatened yields, the Associated Press reports.

Farmers planted 91,000 acres of corn used to make the snack, according to Indiana Public Media, for the record yield. 

The corn used in popcorn production is more than 5,000 years old, Indy Star reports, but popcorn production was spearheaded in the 1930s and 1940s by Purdue plant breeders at the cusp of the movie industry’s boom.   

Indiana is the nation’s second-largest producer of popcorn — producing 20 percent of the nation’s supply — and the fifth-largest producer of corn as of 2007, according to Agriculture in the Classroom

What’s your favorite way to eat popcorn — do you prefer sweet popcorn, or savory? 

Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron.

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