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Chris Stapleton grew up in Salisbury, MO. He graduated from Salisbury High School. He then went on to work construction in the family business. After a short time, Chris started in the precision ag application industry.
Chris has worked in the precision ag application industry for 7+ years. He has completed various courses such as Raven Industries, Equipment Technologies, Apache Spray System, Highway Equipment, New Leader Spreader Beds and Ag Leader.
Here at AgriVision Solutions Chris is responsible for Ag Leader and Precision Planting sales and service, which also includes installation and troubleshooting.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Gwen and their three children, Maddox, Niah and Kennedy. Chris enjoys all things motorsports related, whether it be 2 stroke ATV’s, race cars and everything in between.
Sorghum Sudangrass is good for weed suppression, soil erosion management, and building organic matter. By planting a thick crop of this you will have such a thick stand that no late weeds will be coming up in the fall. It needs to be mowed off at about 20- 30 inches tall to be managed properly before winter kill. If it is not mowed it can be difficult to manage in the spring.
Planting: For most benefit, plant a minimum of 6 weeks prior to first freeze.
Seeding Depth: 0.75 – 1″ as required for good seed-to-soil contact. Comparable seed on drill chart is Sudangrass.
Control: Terminate when seed heads begin to appear unless a freeze is in sight. It will winter kill in our climate. Mow then till if sudangrass is tall.
Crimson Clover is used primarily for soil erosion control and nitrogen fixation. It is a great addition to a mix to hold nutrients for the coming corn crop. This clover is a little more winter hardy than most other clovers. More than likely it will not over winter in our climate but if it does it is easily controlled.
Planting: Plant 6-9 weeks prior to first freeze.
Seeding Depth: 0.25 – 0.5″ as required for good seed-to-soil contact. Comparable seed on drill chart is Crimson Clover.
Control: Requires a burndown of 2,4-D with glyphosate or sharpen with glyphosate.
Hairy Vetch is a winter annual legume. A very good legume to have in a mix ahead of corn. It needs to be planted early in the fall. Not much nitrogen will be fixed in the fall due to the nodules taking a while to develop. Most of its nitrogen fixing happens in the late winter to early spring.
Planting: Plant 4 weeks prior to first freeze. Requires specific inoculant for maximum N production. Slow to establish in the fall but does well with a nurse crop such as oats or triticale.
Seeding Depth: 0.5 – 1.5″ Comparable seed on drill chart is Vetch or Sorghum.
Control: Requires a burndown of glyphosate with 2,4-D or glyphosate with sharpen. Can also be mechanically controlled by rotary mowing, flailing or flattening with a roller or crimper if in 50% bloom. Optimal nitrogen production is up to first flower. Can be planted into green.
This is a winter hardy pea that is great for holding nitrogen and preventing soil erosion. If planted with a grass such as oats, triticale, or barley the combination makes for excellent grazing for livestock. Austrian winter peas grow pretty fast in the middle of fall with adequate moisture. It will stay alive with good nitrogen holding nodules until the temperatures stay in the teens or lower for a lengthy period of time.
Planting: Plant in fall 3-6 weeks prior to first freeze. Can also be planted in early spring.
Seeding Depth: 1 – 1.5″ Comparable seed on drill chart is Soybean.
Control: At any stage can be terminated using glyphosate herbicide or 2,4-D. It can also be mechanically controlled by disking lightly or mowing after full bloom. It is likely to winterkill when sustained temperatures are below 18 degrees with no snow cover.
Triticale is a cross between wheat and cereal rye. In most cases triticale is used for cattle grazing or haylage. It is ideal for seeding it in the fall, letting the livestock graze it in the winter, then letting it grow in the spring to be a cover crop. Good forage quality with some weed suppression along with holding the soil together to minimize erosion.
Planting: Plant 4-8 weeks prior to first freeze, and as late as 6 weeks after the freeze. Planting is similar to Cereal Rye.
Seeding Depth: 1 – 1.5″ as required for good seed-to-soil contact. Comparable seed on drill chart is Wheat.
Seeding Rate as Cover Crop:
Control: Requires a burndown of glyphosate herbicide prior to boot stage. Can also be mechanically controlled by mowing or flattening with a roller-crimper in the milk or dough stage.
Cereal Rye is an all-around ideal cover crop (as long as you have the correct variety). Do not get confused with annual rye. Great root penetration into clay soils, weed suppression, good nutrient holding capacity, helps against soil erosion, and easily killed in the spring either before or after planting. AgriVision Solutions considers cereal rye to be the back bone of most cover crop mixes. The Ryman variety of cereal rye is the easiest to manage because it will not get over 4 to 5 feet tall in most conditions. We suggest to kill it at a 2 to 3 foot in height to prevent too much water holding capacity in the soil and it not being able to dry out.
Planting: Plant 3-10 weeks prior to first freeze.
Seeding Depth: 3/8 – 0.5″ Comparable seed on drill chart is Wheat.
Control: A roller-crimpers can be used for cereal rye termination after the boot stage. Also using glyphosate, glyphosate + 2,4-D, glyphosate + Clarity, glyphosate + Sharpen (Liberty does not give adequate control).
Turnips are a winter hardy plant and will usually survive a normal winter. Good soil penetration by the taproot which will add more organic matter after decomposition and along with nutrient holding capacity makes this an ideal over winter cover crop. Since turnips are more winter hardy you will have a release of nutrients later than if you were to plant just radishes.
Seeding Depth: 0.25 – 0.5″ Can be planted 1″ in light soils if necessary to reach moisture.
Control: This can be controlled with mowing, grazing or burndown using glyphosate along with 2,4-D equivalent at flowering.
Bayou Kale is a cross between Kale and Dwarf Essex Rape. It has the strong taproot of a radish but is more winter hardy. Along with having the taproot to break up soil it also has some fibrous roots to help hold the soil from erosion. It puts on a yellow flower and has a bit of a sweet taste. Works well for rotational grazing for livestock and grows back after grazing well.
Planting: Plant 4-10 weeks prior to first killing freeze.
Seeding Depth: 0.25 – 0.5″
Control: This can be controlled with mowing, intense grazing or burndown using glyphosate along with 2,4-D equivalent at flowering.
Radishes help break up soil compaction with their deep tap root, scavenge leftover nutrients, and helps increase soil organic matter. The optimum time to plant them is late August to middle September. To get the full potential out of the plant they need to have 60 days of good growing weather. It is best to use radishes in a mix due to the fact that they have a tap root and soil erosion can happen easier if no plants with fibrous roots are mixed in.
Planting: Plant 3-10 weeks prior to first killing freeze.
Seeding Depth: 0.25 – 0.5″. Can be planted 1″ in light soils if necessary to reach moisture.
Control: Winter kills with two days of 20 degree temperatures. (CAUTION: decaying radishes will have a foul smell when the weather warms up and may not be suitable around populated areas) If planted very early as a cover crop, flowering can develop before they are winter killed. This can be controlled with mowing, grazing or burndown using glyphosate along with 2,4-D equivalent at flowering.
Robin was raised on his family’s farm south of Salisbury. He attended Salisbury R-IV School District and graduated in 1985. Upon graduation he continued work on his family’s farm and began his work in agriculture related businesses. In 2009 Robin became a certified first responder and enjoys serving members of the local community in this capacity. Robin currently manages AgriVision Solutions’ north warehouse and assists in seed delivery and equipment installations.
When Robin is not working he enjoys farming, hunting, and spending time with his fiancé Patti and family.
Jared grew up right outside of Brunswick, MO and graduated from Brunswick RII High School in 2011. He played baseball and basketball as well as being active in the Brunswick FFA Chapter. After graduation he attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO where he graduated with an Agronomy degree and minored in Commercial Agricultural. While at Northwest he was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho.
Jared was hired by AgriVision LLC in May of 2015, upon graduation from college. In 2016 Jared received his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification. Jared is responsible for Channel Seeds sales, delivery of seed, crop scouting and installation/service of our precision ag technology.
In his free time he enjoys watching the Royals as well as hunting and fishing.
John grew up on a small cow calf operation in Indian Grove Mo. He graduated high school from Northwestern R-1 in Mendon, MO in 2009. He then continued his education as a Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat and graduated with an Agriculture Business degree in 2013. While in college he was a part of the Alpha Gamma Rho Beta chapter fraternity. After graduating from Northwest John lived and worked in Nebraska for a little over a year. Here he worked with local Co-ops and managed 15,000 acres to be soil sampled. Also with the same company in Nebraska John installed, maintained, and extracted moisture probes for irrigation systems.
After gaining the knowledge and experience from college and working in Nebraska John accepted a job with AgriVision LLC as Field Sales and Service in August of 2014. In 2017 John received his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification. Here his job entails crop scouting, sales of cover crops, helping with installing and maintaining our precision agriculture technology, along with sampling and managing all of our soil sampling acres.
John currently lives outside of Keytesville, MO. He enjoys hunting, fishing, wood working, a little carpentry on the side, and working on the family farm.
Aaron grew up outside of Salisbury on his family’s row crop and cattle operation. He graduated from Salisbury high School in 2012. He then went on to continue his education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. While in college he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho. He graduated from Northwest in 2016 with an Agricultural Science degree. After graduated he worked for Monsanto in Marshall, MO as a seed technician for about one year before being hired with AgriVision Solutions.
Aaron is responsible for Ag Leader, Precision Planting and 360 Yield sales and service. He also does installations and troubleshooting.
When Aaron is not working he enjoys helping on the family farm and hunting.
Morgan grew up on her family’s row crop operation east of Sumner, Missouri. This operation is headed by her father, Dan McCormick, and grandparents, Donny and Connie McCormick. Growing up on the farm led her to have a strong passion for agriculture. Following graduation from Marceline High School in 2014, she used her passion for agriculture to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. While attending Northwest she was a hurdler for the track and field team for four years. She accepted a job with AgriVision Solutions with hopes of living closer to home and her fiancé Colton Byrd of Keytesville, Missouri. While pursuing her degree she was a summer intern for Burrus Hybrids in the Chariton County area for two years. These experiences along with knowledge received from school led to her to becoming a Channel Seedsman. She currently lives in Indian Grove Missouri. Her hobbies include anything sports related, slow pitch softball, fishing, duck, deer, and turkey hunting, and working on the family farm.
Seth grew up in Salisbury and graduated from Salisbury High School in 2007. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University, where he graduated in 2009 with an associate’s degree in applied science for Heavy Diesel Mechanics. Seth has also completed Case IH Accu Guidance levels 1-3 and two years of Kinze Planter Service Training.
Seth has been with AgriVision since August of 2012. While here he has completed Ag Leader training in GPS & Steering, SeedCommand, and DirectCommand. He is responsible for Ag Leader and Precision Planting sales and service, which includes installations and troubleshooting.
In his free time he enjoys breaking/riding horses, duck hunting and helping out on the family farm.
Tia was raised on a small family farm in Kaseyville, Missouri. She graduated from Salisbury High School in 1991. She then went on to continue her education at Central Missouri State University (now known as University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and minor in Speech Communication. After many years out in the job force, she made the move in 2011 to begin working at AgriVision with her husband, Jason.
Tia is the Office Manager at AgriVision Solutions.
Outside of AgriVision Solutions, one of Tia’s biggest priorities is being “Mom” to her and Jason’s children Cole and Cheyenne. She enjoys following their crazy sporting schedules, spending time with family, reading and loves camping and hiking.
Zach was raised north of Salisbury on his family’s third generation farm. He attended Salisbury R-IV School District and graduated in 2002. Zach pursued further education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated in 2006 with his bachelors in Agribusiness Management. He has been advising and assisting growers on best farming practices since 2006. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor as well as a licensed crop insurance agent in the state of Missouri. Zach founded Cooper Ag Solutions in 2011, which primarily sold corn, soybeans, cover crops & crop insurance.
He is excited to partner in AgriVision Solutions as he will be able to advise and service more growers in central Missouri. He lives north of Salisbury with his wife Diane and his three sons, Beckett, Easton, and Miles and daughter, Landry. He enjoys coaching and watching his boys play sports. He also enjoys supporting his MU Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, & Kansas City Royals.
Jason grew up on a family farm in central Missouri, graduating from Salisbury High School in 1991. He then received his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Missouri in Agriculture Technology in 1996. Since 1998, he has been a Certified Crop Advisor in the state of Missouri, serving as a crop consultant and precision agronomy advisor to row crop producers in the Midwest. Jason has extensive knowledge in combining solid agronomy practices with today’s latest precision agriculture technologies to help producers gain an edge in a competitive global economy for food production. Jason co-founded AgriVision in 2004 with the purpose of integrating these practices with progressive producers, giving them an independent and unbiased source of information relevant to each individuals farming business. As of 2016 Jason combined forces with Zach Cooper of Cooper Ag Solutions and we transitioned into AgriVision Solutions LLC. By combining the two businesses we were able to add cover crops and 360 Yield to our retail line up, as well as grow and strengthen our seed sales.
While attending UCM, he was a pitcher for the 1995 National Championship Mules baseball team. He and his wife Tia currently reside in Salisbury and enjoy watching their son and daughter play ball in their spare time. Jason is a dedicated Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs Fan.