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Ukraine 2020 spring sowing 96% complete

KIEV, May 22 (Reuters) - Ukrainian farmers have sown 14.8 million hectares of spring crops for the 2020 harvest as of May 22 or 96% of the expected area of 15.5 million hectares, the economy ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said farmers had completed the sowing of corn seeding 5.2 million hectares, barley - 1.5 million hectares, spring wheat - 184,500 hectares, sunflower - 5.9 million hectares, peas - 282,700 hectares and oats - 186,300 hectares.

It said farmers were continuing the sowing of soybean and buckwheat.

The ministry said Ukraine's 2020 grain harvest could fall to 65-68 million tonnes from a record 75.1 million tonnes in 2019. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Louise Heavens)

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