V5 stage: Fifth trifoliate


When five trifoliate leaves have developed, the plant is at V5. Lateral branches may grow to compensate to some degree for low plant populations or wide row spacings. However, they can't compensate fully for underseeding. At V5, plants reach 10 to 12 inches. In the top stem, axillary buds develop; they'll grow into flower clusters (racemes). The total number of nodes the plant can produce is set. If something damages the growing point, the axillary buds will branch off and grow profusely. If the plant breaks off below the cotyledon node, the plant will die. It's now about a week until flowering begins.

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