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Hydretain – Cuts Watering By 50%

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

In order to understand how Hydretain Works, you must first understand the mechanism of drought. Simply put, when water is applied through rainfall or irrigation, a huge percentage is never utilized by the plant. This is due primarily to the forces of gravity pulling moisture back to the aquifer and evaporation pulling moisture into the atmosphere. While we can do little about gravity, we can prevent most of the evaporative loss.

When there is adequate liquid water in the soil, Hydretain essentially lies dormant and serves no real purpose. It is when this liquid water is depleted and only water vapor remains in the soil matrix that Hydretain’s benefits can be seen. Plants cannot use vapor, so Hydretain was engineered to capture it and collect it back into minute liquid droplets that sustain plants between waterings.

Baby Chicks Arrive in March

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

baby chicks 3Baby chicks arrive at J&N Feed and Seed March 12th and March 19th!

March 12th chick types:

  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Buff Orphingtons
  • Americanas

March 19th chick types:

  • Gold Sex Links
  • Production Reds
  • Barred Rocks

Get all your baby chick and chicken supplies at J&N Feed and Seed! We have chicken feed, feeders, fencing, waterers, heat lamps and more!

Tips to Prepare Your Chicken Coop

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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We are in the full swing of chick season. You might have even purchased your baby chicks and they grow fast. When your baby chicks are ready to leave your brooder, make sure you have your coop ready to go.Most chicks can be transferred to their coops as early as 4-5 weeks of age. If you have already purchased your baby chicks, it is imperative that your coop is ready to go as soon as possible. You will be shocked at how fast they feather and grow, and take up space! Here are some tips to ensure your chicken coop is adequately prepared:

  • Be predator-proof, not just from the sides, but from above and below as well. Predators that would love chicken wings for dinner include but are not limited to raccoons, foxes, wolves, coyotes and hawks.
  • Be secure from nasty rodents (yes, rats!) that will be attracted to the feed and droppings. Rodents are burrowing creatures, so you need to block them from slipping into the coop from below. If you coop doesn’t have a floor, you need to bury small-mesh fencing down into the ground about 12″ all around the coop.
  • Be breezy enough to prevent respiratory diseases, to which chickens are especially prone, but not so drafty during winter that they freeze their tushes off. Chickens can withstand the cold so long as it’s not drafty!
  • Be easy to clean so bugs and bacteria don’t fester.
  • Provide “roosting poles” for your girls to sleep on (2″ wide; rounded edges; allot 5-10″ of space per bird side to side and 10″ between poles if more than one is necessary; plus ladder-like grading so the pole furthest away is several inches higher than the closest).
  • Encourage egg-laying with 1 nest box for every four or five chickens. Nest boxes should be raised off the ground at least a few inches, but lower than the lowest roosting pole. They should also be dark and “out of the way” to cater to the hen’s instinct to lay her eggs in a safe, place.
  • Be roomy: at least 4 square feet per bird if birds are able to roam freely during the day, and at least 10 square feet per bird if they are permanently confined.
  • Accommodate a feeder and waterer, which should hang 6-8″ off the ground.
  • Include a removable “droppings tray” under roosting poles for capture and easy disposal of droppings. (Or should we say for easy access to your lawn fertilizer?)
  • Similar to the coop, the sides of the attached chicken run, if you have one, should be buried 12″ into the soil to keep predators and rodents from digging their way in. Once again, we recommend chicken wire fencing or half-inch hardware cloth. It’s also our strong recommendation that you secure the top of the run with aviary netting or deer netting. This will keep wild birds (which can carry communicable diseases) out and provide further defense against sly predators.

Come see us and pick up everything you need from waterers, bulbs, heat lamps and more.
Source: My Pet Chicken

 

 

Don’t forget to spring forward

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

daylight-saving-time-spring-forward-ky3It’s time to “spring forward” and gain an extra hour of sunlight. It also means you’ll loose an hour of sleep!

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour before you head to bed on Saturday, March 7.

Cattlemen’s Derby and Classic

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The Cattlemens 6th Annual Derby and Classic will be held at the Young County Arena from March 2 – 8th, 2015.

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Click for detailed schedule here.

Build Better Cattle With Sustained Nutrition Program

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Consistent, effective cow nutrition ensures greater reproductive results, fetal development and better performance in your beef calf crop. Sustained Nutrition increases your bottom line for generations to come.

Purina AccurationPurina Sustained® Cattle Nutrition Program helps cattle producers in building better cattle, generation after generation .A 12-month cow care program supports your cows’ nutrition, their healthy calves and your bottom line potential year after year.  Sustained® Nutrition encompasses the entire lifestage of the cow and her calves prior to and after birth. Even the performance and potential of your calves is affected by the dam and grand dam’s health and nutrition as soon as the calf is conceived and becomes a developing fetus.

If you take care of your cows properly, you potentially can have a direct and positive affect on the calves’ performance. For the producer who is looking for a new way to increase the profit potential of his herd, the Sustained® Nutrition is a program that has been shown to produce healthy, fast growing calves while helping save you time and money spent on feed and labor through the feeding of Intake Modifying Technology® products. Sustained® Nutrition is a program that can help you carry on the tradition of success in your own herd and the feedyard

A cow’s nutrition throughout her pregnancy directly impacts the performance of the calf as a replacement heifer or as a steer. When you have consistent cow condition, you can see benefits in your entire cow herd.

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Traditionally, cows receive a supplement when they ‘look’ like they need more nutrition. But with Sustained® Nutrition, the feed supplement is available when the cows want it, at any time – even before you realize they need it. When pastures or forages are in higher quantities and higher quality, cows will consume less supplement. And, when additional nutrition is needed, cows will consume additional supplement.  This program helps cows maintain better body condition and do not need to eat extra feed to restore their body condition prior to calving.

A Full Line of Purina Accuration® Feeds with Intake Modifying Technology®  process is part of the Sustained® Nutrition Program. Accuration® is a self-fed, Intake Modifying Technology® feed that helps manage cattle forage utilization. Accuration® Cattle Limiters provide a balance of protein, energy and fat aimed to meet the cows’ nutritional needs with minimal forage requirements.

Accuration® products with Intake Modifying Technology® are available in a meal, liquid and now block form. Having Accuration® available in different feeding forms provides you the convenience to select a product that is best for your operational needs.

Source: Purina Mills

Sustained Cattle Nutrition Program Builds Better Cattle

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Consistent, effective cow nutrition ensures greater reproductive results, fetal development and better performance in your beef calf crop. Sustained Nutrition increases your bottom line for generations to come.

Purina AccurationPurina Sustained® Cattle Nutrition Program helps cattle producers in building better cattle, generation after generation .A 12-month cow care program supports your cows’ nutrition, their healthy calves and your bottom line potential year after year.  Sustained® Nutrition encompasses the entire lifestage of the cow and her calves prior to and after birth. Even the performance and potential of your calves is affected by the dam and grand dam’s health and nutrition as soon as the calf is conceived and becomes a developing fetus.

If you take care of your cows properly, you potentially can have a direct and positive affect on the calves’ performance. For the producer who is looking for a new way to increase the profit potential of his herd, the Sustained® Nutrition is a program that has been shown to produce healthy, fast growing calves while helping save you time and money spent on feed and labor through the feeding of Intake Modifying Technology® products. Sustained® Nutrition is a program that can help you carry on the tradition of success in your own herd and the feedyard

A cow’s nutrition throughout her pregnancy directly impacts the performance of the calf as a replacement heifer or as a steer. When you have consistent cow condition, you can see benefits in your entire cow herd.

Fetal-Programming-Chart-08

Traditionally, cows receive a supplement when they ‘look’ like they need more nutrition. But with Sustained® Nutrition, the feed supplement is available when the cows want it, at any time – even before you realize they need it. When pastures or forages are in higher quantities and higher quality, cows will consume less supplement. And, when additional nutrition is needed, cows will consume additional supplement.  This program helps cows maintain better body condition and do not need to eat extra feed to restore their body condition prior to calving.

A Full Line of Purina Accuration® Feeds with Intake Modifying Technology®  process is part of the Sustained® Nutrition Program. Accuration® is a self-fed, Intake Modifying Technology® feed that helps manage cattle forage utilization. Accuration® Cattle Limiters provide a balance of protein, energy and fat aimed to meet the cows’ nutritional needs with minimal forage requirements.

Accuration® products with Intake Modifying Technology® are available in a meal, liquid and now block form. Having Accuration® available in different feeding forms provides you the convenience to select a product that is best for your operational needs.

Source: Purina Mills

February is Time To Plant Cold Crops

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Cold crops have arrived at J&N Feed and Seed.  Our green house is stocked full of  your favorite early spring vegetables.  February through March is the time to get these plants in the ground for late spring harvest.  Choose from the following varieties:

  • AgrugalaVegetable texas
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collars
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Onions
  • Potatoes

Hurry in soon for best selection! Happy planting!

Happy Groundhog Day

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

HappyGroundhogDay_DollarPhotoHappy Groundhog Day 2015

The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris:

Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans,  the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

In Scotland, the poem:

If Candle-mas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.

If Candle mas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

Spring Weeds & Pre-emergent

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

henbitgoodRegardless of what the ground hog says, spring is right around the corner.  And so are the weeds.  It’s time to start thinking about pre-emergent for your yard. You have about a 6 week window to apply pre-emergents, from the first of February to the middle of March.  There are 3 factors that will determine when a seed will germinate, soil temperature, moisture and sunlight. The pre-emergent must be applied and active BEFORE that magic moment of germination occurs.

The all-natural pre-emergent is Corn Gluten Meal. It is available in both granulated and powder form and it is applied at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

Synthetic pre-emergents are Dimension for the grassy weeds and Gallery for the broadleaf weeds. The key to success with these products is to apply the correct amount to your lawn.  Follow the label directions and know the square footage of your lawn.

Come see us for all your garden and lawn care needs.

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