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Identifying Soybean Growth Stages

May 10, 2021 | By Rupp Seeds

Screen shot image of SeedSCOOP publication discussing soybean growth and development.

Soybean growth stages begin with the emergence of cotyledons from the soil surface (VE). When the unifoliate leaves unfold, the plant has reached the VC stage. When the first trifoliate leaves are fully expanded, numbers are used to signify each vegetative (V) and reproductive (R) stage of growth. When the plant begins to set flowers, the growth stages become reproductive, and the plant progresses through pod development, seed development, and plant maturity. Vegetative growth stages begin to overlap reproductive stages at about R1. A new growth stage is established when 50% or more of the plants meet the requirements of the growth stage.

Read more to learn about each stage of the soybean life cycle in this issue of SeedScoop.


Identifying Soybean Growth Stages