Archive for June, 2015

Super S Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Super S DieselSuper S Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is now available at J&N Feed and Seed.  Pick up a 2 gallon container for just $8.95 plus tax.

Super S DEF meets all applicable standards, specifications and performance requirements for use in all SCR Emission Control Systems. Meets ISO 22241 specifications.

  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-Flammable
  • Non-Polluting
  • Non-Hazardous
  • No Special Handling Required

Why Do We Need DEF?  In order to meet the EPA 2010 mandate that oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emitted from diesel truck engines be reduced to almost zero levels by 2010, most manufacturers have chosen to use SCR, Selective Catalytic Reduction, technology.

If you have any questions, please stop by the store or give us a call.



Wet Weather Lawn Care Tips

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

article_wetlawnHeavy rains and flooding have left many lawns waterlogged, or worse, covered in silt when flood water recedes. Nature has a wonderful way of recovering from these things, but a few points considered now could give it a helping hand.

Try to avoid walking on wet or damp grass, as it is likely to damage it. If a lawn has been waterlogged for several days, wait until water levels have completely subsided and you can walk on it without leaving wet footprints.

If you want to mow the lawn once it has dried out, set the mower blades to the highest possible cutting height. Do not attempt to mow a wet or saturated lawn as you risk compaction and ruts. And obviously do not use an electric lawn mower in damp or wet conditions.

If the lawn has been flooded, be aware that any silt left behind may be contaminated, so wear rubber boots, disposable rubber gloves and cover any open wounds before working outside. You should attempt to remove silt, along with any debris from the lawn – either by hosing or raking it off. Unfortunately, if your lawn has been submerged for over a week or if it is covered with more than ¾ inches of silt there is a possibility that it will need to be re-laid, but this along with any major lawn repairs will need to wait until early spring.

Lawns that have been very wet will benefit from some serious aeration – either manually using a garden fork or with the help of a powered aerator. Moss is also likely to build up in damp conditions, but remedial treatments like aeration, scarifying, top-dressing or re-seeding bald patches will now need to wait until next spring.

One thing you can do now is check for any particularly waterlogged or vulnerable areas of the lawn, where heavy rain collects. Make a note of those areas and consider preventative action you could take in the future, either by evening out the ground levels or improving drainage.

Article Source: Stihl

Deer and Protein

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Deer and ProteinThere is considerable controversy regarding the percentage of dietary protein that deer should have. Many people believe that deer cannot tolerate more than 16% dietary protein and that high-protein diets are wasteful or even toxic. This simply is not true.

Research in South Texas has shown that wild deer diets at certain times of the year can be over 25% protein. Many forages highly utilized by deer are over 30% protein. Obviously, the wild deer are unharmed by consuming these high-protein plants. Indeed, excellent antler growth years were those with superb spring forage conditions. The resulting antler growth suggests that not only were the deer not harmed by their high-protein diet, they actually utilized the protein to grow bigger antlers, indicating that higher protein is necessary for a buck to achieve his genetic potential for antler growth.

Pelleted diets designed to supplement natural forage need to be greater than 16% protein because the forage portion of the diet is often inadequate in protein content. Even in a good year, the digestible protein content of major deer browse species often falls well below 10% by late summer and will likely remain there until the spring green-up. In a tough year (late winter, drought, etc.), the nutrition supplied by natural forages can be inadequate even in the spring. Without supplemental protein, deer cannot maintain optimal body condition, which is essential for maximal antler growth.

Deer in confinement being fed complete diets should have at least 16% dietary protein in order to try to maximize health, growth and antler development. Today’s champion bucks are commonly being raised on diets containing 20% protein. Some people even feed diets containing as much as 24% protein with no adverse effects.

Protein is needed for maintenance and growth of all organs in the body as well as for many physiological functions, and the individual needs for protein are affected by many factors such as genetics, environment, disease and parasite challenges, etc. The body has a “priority of life” list, and protein goes first to those functions that are deemed most important to survival. Antler growth, while desirable and important for social hierarchy, is not necessary for life and appears at the bottom of the priority list from the deer’s viewpoint. Therefore, unless there is enough protein in the diet to meet all the priority needs and have enough left over for optimal antler growth, trophy racks will not happen, no matter what the genetic potential of the buck. If you want to see giant antlers, you will need to provide the necessary protein.

J&N Feed and Seed carries the full line of AntlexMax products.  Come see us for all your hunting and feed needs.

Source: Purina Mills

Reduce Watering With Hydretain

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Hydretain At J&N Feed and Seed, we are bringing in products to help with water conservation and to help you keep your lawn and pastures alive and thriving. With all the rain this spring, your lawn should be green and beautiful.  Keep it that way, long after the rains stops with Hydretain.   Hydertain is a product designed to help maintain healthy turf with 50% less water usage.  This product has been used by golf courses, nurseries, sod farms and top landscapers for years and is now available to homeowners.

Hydretain is a revolutionary new chemistry that allows homeowners to water up to 50% less and maintain healthy, great looking plants and turf.

Hydretain is patented blend of liquid humectant and hygroscopic compounds that attract and hold moisture like tiny water magnets within soil. Hydretain manages available soil moisture, extending watering intervals of indoor and outdoor plants, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, trees and grasses by as much as 2 to 3 times. Each application reduces watering for up to 3 months

It actually pulls moisture out of the air and transfers it to the soil.

• Minimize Drought Stress
• Lower Utility Bills
• Avoid Watering Restriction Fines
• Protect Against Opportunistic Pests
• Extend Watering Intervals
• Save Time and Labor
• Improve Transplant Success
• Eliminate Localized Dry Spots
• Conserve Precious Water

For use on New & Existing Turf Grass, Trees, Flower Beds, Shrubs, Ornamentals, Vegetable Gardens. Ideal for preparing Indoor and Potted Plants for your extended vacation absence!

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed and take a look at all our products designed to help you conserve water while providing necessary moisture to your lawn, garden and pastures.

Father’s Day Gifts

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015’s Day is Sunday and J & N Feed and Seed has a great selection of items dad will love. If dad is an outdoorsman who loves the summer months, a Yeti Cooler may be just what he’s hoping for or perhaps a fish fryer. If hunting is his passion, get him prepared for the upcoming season with a new pair of Nikon binoculars or a Case Knife. We also carry deer stands, feeders and plenty of ammo. Be sure to treat your dad to something special this year!

Save 15% on all Nikon Sport Optic products through Father’s Day at J&N Feed and Seed!


Chickens and Culling

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

If you don’t want to wait through a molt, you can cull non-laying birds and replace them. Culling is the removal of birds in your flock that are not laying or developing as they should. If the bird is not sick, it is perfectly suitable for home cooking. You should always cull lame or sick chickens, because they are not productive and may spread disease.

A hen will give many clues that she is no longer laying. Non-laying hens have small, dull combs rather than the bright red combs of layers. Their vents will be small and dry, not stretched by egg production. The width between their pubic bones will be just one finger, not two or more, and the depth between pubic and keel bones will be only a few finger widths rather than four or more. The feathers will be ragged, with no apparent new feathers.

On the other hand, culling may not be an option for less productive or non-productive hens that have endeared themselves as pets, or if your goals are primarily to simply watch and enjoy your birds rather than obtain maximal egg or meat production from them. With good care, many types of poultry can live 20 years or more!

Egg Production in Hens

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Hen on Nesting BoxHealthy hens will begin laying at about 18 to 20 weeks of age. It is not necessary for a rooster to be present for egg laying to start, but without a rooster, all eggs will be unfertilized. Hens will be at peak production at about 30 weeks. Excellent production would be considered 80 percent to 90 percent, (100 percent is considered 1 egg per hen per day), but breed, housing, weather, management, parasite load and nutrition can all affect rate of lay.

Eggs should be gathered three times daily, more often in hot weather. Store the eggs at 55oF and 70 percent to 75 percent humidity if you plan to keep them for hatching. Eggs for eating should be refrigerated. Eggs are laid with a protective coating, which helps to keep bacteria out, and it is best if this is not disturbed. Excessive washing can force bacteria through pores in the shell and into the egg, greatly reducing its chance for successful incubation and hatching. If washing is necessary, be gentle and quick, and use only water. Be sure to use water that is warmer than the egg. Dry and cool the eggs as quickly as possible.

Frequent egg gathering serves two purposes: 1) it helps to keep the eggs cleaner and prevents bacterial growth, thus eliminating the need for washing; and 2)
it lessens the opportunity for hens to learn the bad habit of egg eating.

Chicken Chat: Why do hens stop laying?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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Many things can cause hens to stop laying eggs, but the primary reason is decreasing day length. Hens need a minimum of 17 hours of daylight to sustain strong production. If you don’t provide your hens with supplemental light, they will naturally stop laying eggs when daylight drops below 12 hours per day. Hens may also stop laying if light abruptly decreases by a few hours. This is a hormonal response regulated by a tiny gland that responds to changes in light. One 40-watt bulb per 100 square feet of coop space is enough to keep birds laying. Use an automatic timer to keep light and dark hours constant; just a day or two of too little light can end a laying cycle.

Inadequate nutrition is another reason hens stop laying and, surprisingly, the missing nutrient is often water. Hens need a constant source
of fresh water, and they do not like it very cold, so it is important to check and refresh waterers often in the winter. Cool water in the summer will help the birds combat the effects of heat. Never underestimate the importance or power of clean water at the right temperature!

Inadequate protein and/or energy can cause a production decrease. A shortage of dietary calcium will result in weaker eggshells and, eventually, weak bones as the hen robs her skeleton of calcium in an attempt to manufacture shells. Feeding too much “extra” feed, such as scratch grains or table scraps, can dilute and unbalance the complete nutrition in the hen‘s pellets or crumbles, thereby affecting her production and health. Hot weather will inhibit a hen‘s appetite, causing her to eat less and resulting in a drop in egg production on even the best diets. Offer a high-quality feed and severely limit table scraps and alternative feeds to obtain maximal egg production.

Diseases and parasites will reduce a hen‘s productivity as well as her comfort. Build a relationship with a veterinarian who can help you establish a good flock health program. Never introduce new adult birds into your flock — apparently healthy adult birds can be carriers of a number of deadly diseases. Keep all premises as dry as possible to limit growth of coccidia, an insidious and stubborn parasite that flourishes in dampness causing coccidiosis.

Egg production decreases with increasing age. Good hens will productively complete two egg-laying cycles of 50 to 60 weeks each. After that, production will drop off greatly.

Any kind of stress — extreme temperatures, excessive handling or moving, fright caused by predators, or noisy children (they’re all the same to a hen!) — will negatively affect egg production. Keep your hens’ environment as serene and comfortable as possible to help maintain health and productivity.

Sometimes what appears to be a reduction in egg production is really the result of free-range hens hiding their eggs. Be sure you have enough nesting sites for the number of hens you are keeping, especially if you are allowing some to be “broody.” Make sure the nesting area is warm, comfortable, dimly lit and well-bedded with clean litter. Give the hens lots of good reasons to lay their eggs where you want them.

Fish Truck Visits June 19th

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Jun ’15
8:00 am

FishTruckComingPostThe Stock My Pond fish truck will visit J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, on Friday, June 19th,  from 8:00 AM. to 9:00 AM.

The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill and, red ear bream. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call. Questions?  Give us a call at 940-549-4631.

Fish Truck Visits June 10

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Jun ’15
2:00 pm

fish truck- https://www.jandnfeedandseed.comAbney’s Fish Truck visits J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

The truck will have channel cat, large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows. The truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them. Click here for pricing.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call. Questions?  Give us a call at 940-549-4631.


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