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Agri-Pulse reports:

A winter storm system rolling through the Rockies could soon threaten slowly maturing crops across the northern Plains and Midwest that are already well behind schedule.

USDA Chief Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the storm could cause yield losses in northern Iowa and Minnesota. "Almost all of the corn has at least reached the dented stage there, so you might take a few percentage points off yield potential because it is dented but hasn't reached full maturity," Rippey said.

A very small percentage of crops in the far northern production areas "could be lost entirely" if the freeze comes in and nips the crop as expected, he said.

This is shaping up to be one of the slowest harvests on record with only 15% of the nation's corn crop and 14% of the soybean crop in the bin so far. That's behind the 5-year average of 27% and 34% respectively.

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