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Ukraine 2018 grain harvest seen little changed at 61.7 mln T - researcher

KIEV, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Ukraine's 2018 grain harvest is likely to be around 61.7 million tonnes, little changed from last year's total, the country's national agricultural research centre IAE said on Wednesday.

IAE said the wheat harvest was likely to fall around 6 percent to 25 million tonnes, while output of maize could rise more than 9 percent to 26.3 million tonnes.

It also forecast Ukraine would harvest 8 million tonnes of barley this year, versus 8.3 million in 2017.

IAE said Ukraine was likely to boost its rapeseed harvest by 17.3 percent to 2.6 million tonnes, while the harvest of soybeans could rise around 11 percent to 4.3 million tonnes.

Ukraine could harvest 12.6 million tonnes of sun seed as well this year, it added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the state statistics service said Ukraine's 2017 grain harvest fell more than previously assumed to 61.3 million tonnes. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Mark Potter)

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