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Prepare For Freezing Weather With Products From J&N

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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Prepare for freezing weather with frost cloth, heat lamps, pipe wraps, deicers, pine shavings and MORE at J&N Feed and Seed.

With freezing temperatures fast approaching, don’t be caught off guard. J&N Feed and Seed is your one-stop shop for freeze protection this winter.  We carry a variety of products that will protect your pipes, landscaping, stock tanks and even bird feeders from the threat of a freeze.

  • Ice & Snow Melt by Zero Ice Melt –  An effective and proven ice melter that will beat any other products on the market.
  • Portable Heaters by Mr. Heater – Heat a small space our your entire garage or workshop. We’ve got a size to fit your needs.
  • Pipe Wraps and Faucet Covers – Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape to protect exposed pipes and faucets.  Perfect to wrap exposed pool equipment!
  • Pipe Heating Cables-heating Cable prevents frozen water pipes to –50ºF. Wrap exposed pipes and faucets to protect against freezing pipes.
  • Heat Lamps & Bulbs– use anywhere to provide extra warmth.
  • Stock Tank & Bucket Deicers– keep your stock tank from freezing.  We carry floating and sinking deicers.
  • Pet Bowl & Bird Bath Deicers – Make sure water fresh water is available for our outdoor pets and wild birds during the freezing winter months.
  • Pine Shavings – keep your outdoor animals warm with warm, dry shavings.
  • Frost Cloth & Burlap  – protect your delicate landscaping and tropical trees. We’ve got traditional brown and camo burlap.
  • Frost Blankets – protect your tender garden and landscaping vegetation.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed and let us help you be ready for the cold weather ahead! A little preparation now can save you time and money with the weather dips below 32 degrees!

Planting Potatoes, Onions and Other Cool Weather Vegetables

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

PotatoesInDirtOnion sets and seed potatoes arrive mid-January at J&N Feed and Seed. Planting potatoes and onions are at the top of everyone’s gardening list this time of year. As everyone in North Texas knows, our late January and February weather can be a gamble— temps can be spring-like one day and fall below freezing the next.  But, the weather extremes should not deter gardeners from planting during these months.  Potatoes are top of the list for planting this time of year.

Other good go-to cold weather vegetables are root produce such as turnips, beets, and carrots as well as hardy leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, kale, and chard. Bulb veggies (onions and garlic), as well as asparagus crowns, can also be planted at this time.

Preparing and Planting Potatoes 

When purchasing seed potatoes, look for certified seed potatoes. These are seeding potatoes which have not been treated with growth retardants to prevent sprouting. Conventional potatoes in grocery markets are typically treated with retardants.

After you have planned and prepared a garden spot with well-drained, loose soil, the seed potatoes can be prepped for planting:

Cut each seed potato into quarters (sulfur dust can be applied to the fresh cut ends) and let the potato quarters set out overnight or longer until cut sides callus over.  Seed potato quarters are then ready to plant— for a good rule of thumb, potato quarters should be planted 3” to 4” deep and spaced 12” to 15” apart. To provide plants plenty of growing room, make sure rows are spaced 24” to 36” apart.

Caring for Potato Plants

Potatoes need consistent moisture, so water regularly when tubers start to form.  Before the potato plants bloom, hilling should be done when the plant is about 6 inches tall. Hoe the dirt up around the base of the plant in order to cover the root as well as to support the plant. Bury the plant base in loose soil. Hilling will keep the potato plants from getting sunburned, in which case they turn green and will taste bitter.  You will need to hill potatoes every couple of weeks to protect your crop.

When the potato plants have bloomed, new potatoes are ready for harvest.  For larger potatoes, harvest only after plant tops have fallen over. For more information on planting seed potatoes, visit the Texas A&M website.

Other Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Lettuce, spinach, and cabbage can be planted at this time either by seeds or plant starts. For reference, these vegetables can be planted in February with seed or starter plants.

Stop by J&N for your seed potatoes, onion sets, and other cool weather vegetables.

 

Winter Bird Feeding Tips

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Winter bird feeding is easy with the help of J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, TexasDon’t forget your feathered friends as the weather turns cold. Winter bird feeding is important as food sources for birds slow in the cold, winter months.  At J&N Feed and Seed we have a great selection of bird feeders, suet, treats and of course, Purina Wild Bird Chow to keep your backyard friends coming back year after year.

Feeding wild birds in the winter is important as food sources for birds slow in the winter. Read our proven tips and techniques to help you quickly enjoy beautiful wild birds found around your yard.

Most bird feeders are designed to attract a wide variety of wild bird species but some have features that appeal to certain species such as Goldfinches and woodpeckers. An excellent feeder design to start with is a “hopper” feeder with wide ledges which presents black-oil sunflower seeds for big and small birds already living around your backyard. This approach ensures that you will attract beautiful wild birds quickly by using the seeds they prefer.

Bird-feeding tips:

Place your feeder so you can view it from a favorite room or chair. Think of a picture window, deck railing, patio, comfortable armchair or breakfast table. Some feeders are designed to attach to your windowpane.

Your birds also need to enjoy where your feeder is placed so make sure it’s near plant or tree cover for protection from the weather and safety, yet easily found too.

Take an old, white t-shirt or towel and place it on the ground beneath your feeder (whether mounted on a pole or hanging from a hook or branch). Take a handful of black-oil sunflower seeds and sprinkle them on your “target”. Birds follow other birds’ feeding patterns so when the first bird finds these seeds, you and your feeder are in business!

Re-fill your feeder as often as necessary to encourage your backyard birds to enjoy your feeder every day too.

Get ready for your family to enjoy lots of natural fun!

Stop by your local Farmer’s Coop for Wild Bird Blend seed mix, assorted bird treats and bird feeders.

Source: National Bird-Feeding Society

Winter Cattle Management

Monday, December 9th, 2019

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Good winter cattle management practices help cattle tolerate the wind and cold temperatures. During the cold winter months, close attention should be paid to herd nutrition. Taking shortcuts on your cattle nutrition during the winter months could risk next year’s calf crop, this year’s weaning weights and the long-term viability of your herd. According to information from university of Minnesota extension beef experts, winter feeding programs vary for each cattle enterprise.

Feeding programs are dependent on variables such as:

• Forage quality.
• Cost and availability of winter supplements.
• Animal type (mature cows, replacement heifers or back-grounded calves).
• Body condition of your cattle.
• Calving date, if applicable.

The Minnesota beef experts explain that generally, winter feeding can be accomplished with harvested forages such as hay and silage. Grazing crop residues can also be utilized, but may not always be feasible in areas that receive significant amounts of snowfall during early winter months.

Cows can graze through up to 9 inches of snow to get high quality forages, but reduced forage intake will occur with as little as ¼ inch of ice covering the snow. Plus, cold temperatures and precipitation can decrease the feed’s nutritional value.

Regardless of whether you feed stored forages or graze crop residues, the cow’s diet must be sufficient to uphold a body condition score (BCS) of 5 at weaning, a 6 at calving, and no less than a 5.5 score at breeding. At this level of condition, a cow is able to maintain its body weight and support production functions such as lactation and fetal growth. Maintaining adequate body condition in pregnant cattle is crucial in the two to three months prior to calving.

Feeding Supplements
Depending on the quality of forage, supplementation may be needed by cows when nutrient demands are not met by the basic diet the cow is offered, say the Minnesota experts. Typically, diets of late gestating beef cows will meet nutrient needs if they contain a minimum of 55 percent total digestible nutrients (TDN ) and 8 percent crude protein (CP). However, lactating cow minimum requirements during the winter increase to 62 percent tDn and 11 percent CP, such as with fall calving cows.

When feeding pregnant first- and second-calf heifers due to calve in the spring, maintaining a diet with tDn at 60 percent and CP at 11 percent from the beginning of winter through early lactation should be sufficient.

It is important to compare nutrient intake of the diet with nutrient requirements of the cow based on animal type and pregnancy status, and to determine what additional nutrient(s) are needed for supplementation.

Evaluate Cow Performance
Throughout the winter,it’s important to evaluate cow performance by observing body weight and condition Herd Health Program changes resulting from your feeding program. This will tell you if you are correctly supplementing your cattle through the winter and preparing those spring calving herds for the calving season.

Purina has made it easy for you to maintain your production level by designing supplemental feed products to help economically manage your herd’s nutrition needs in all life stages. these products include Sup-R-Lix®, Sup-R-Block® and Accuration®/Cattle Limiter, all controlled intake products featuring IM Intake Modifying technology®.

Purina also offers Wind and Rain® mineral supplements that have been specifically designed to meet mineral deficiencies based on forage quality and cattle nutritional requirements. These minerals are weather resistant and are proven to enhance consistent consumption.

Contact J&N Feed and Seed at 940-549-4631 with questions and how we can help you get started with this program.

 

 

Case Knives 10% off At J&N Feed and Seed

Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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10% off Case Knives in December at J&N Feed and Seed. Give a Case Knive this Christmas and save at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas. Sale runs December 1 through December 31, 2019. Shop early for the best selection!

Case Knives at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.J&N Feed and Seed is your official dealer of Case Knives.  Case knives are premium pocket knives hand-crafted with care. When you purchase a Case pocket knife, you are investing in more than just a name, you are buying quality.

What makes a Case® knife different?

Made In The U.S.A. Since 1889 every Case Knife is made with pride in the United States.

Hand-Crafted. Every knife is handcrafted by the most skilled artisans and cutlers in the business.

160 steps. Each knife takes over 160 manufacturing processes to complete.

Tradition. Case knives are cherished possessions passed down through generations and handcrafted to stand the test of time.

Tested XX. A symbol of Case’s commitment to quality which can be traced back to the early days when blades were tempered and tested not just once (X), but twice (XX).

Collectible. 19,000 plus members of the Case Collectors Club attest to the fact that Case is the most collected knives in the world.

Natural Handles. Case stretches to the far corners of the earth to find the finest natural handle materials available.

Premium Knives. Case is dedicated to making the everyday tool into a valuable treasure for discerning men and women who want more than just a knife.

Experience. Case has been making pocketknives since 1889. With over a century of experience, we know how to make a premium pocketknife.

Whether you are looking for a small or large knife for a variety of uses, J&N Feed and Seed is your best source in Young County for quality knives. Visit us today— our knowledgeable staff can help you select the best knife product for you.

To learn more about our wide selection of knives, please click here to visit our contact page. We are more than happy to answer your questions!

7 Plants That Need Winter Pruning

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Between now and mid-February Texas winter pruninggardeners should begin winter pruning.  Neal Sperry offers this list of plants that should be pruned during this time of year.

  • Shade trees:  remove damaged or dead branches (pruning sealant only on oak cuts). All cuts should be flush with the branch collar on the trunk.
  • Evergreen shrubs: prune to maintain natural growth form of your evergreen shrubs.
  • Peach and plum trees:  prune to remove the vertical growth and keep plants low and from spreading.
  • Grapes: for those that grow grapes, remove as much as 80 to 85 percent of cane growth.
  • Summer-flowering shrubs and vines: prune damaged or excessive branches. Do not top your crape myrtle plants.
  • Prune dead stems and leaves from perennials to tidy up your garden beds.
  • Prune freeze-damaged stems from plants hurt by December cold. (Could include gardenias, oleanders, bottlebrush, pittosporum, depending on where you live in Texas.)

Spend the time now to prune and care for your trees and plants, it will pay off in the spring.  Looking for garden supplies?  Come visit our store!

Mr. Heater Portable Heaters Available at J&N

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Mr. Heater,  America’s most popular portable heaters are available at J&N Feed and Seed. The Mr. Heater name is known and trusted by millions of people for specialized products to meet their heating comfort needs where they live, work and play. Their broad line of heating products includes forced air propane, portable heaters, garage heaters, and more.

At J&N Feed and Seed, we carry the full line of Mr. Heater, heaters from the Buddy Portable Heater all the way up to the Forced Air Personal Heaters.  Any space you need warmth, Mr. Heater has a size to fit your needs. Bring warmth and comfort with you with the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Portable Heater. This a great portable and temporary heat source for campers, RVs, hunting blinds, workshops, porches, patios, decks, sporting events, tailgating, garages, ice fishing shanties, and emergency heat.

portable heatersWe currently stock the following Mr. Heaters Portable Heaters:

  • Portable Buddy Heater
  • Big Buddy Heater
  • Little Buddy Heater
  • Hunting Buddy Camo Heater
  • Single Tank Top Heater
  • Double Tank Top Heater
  • Golf Cart Heater

How Much Heat Do You Need?

You can calculate the amount of BTUs required by using the following method: Measure the space’s dimension to determine cubic feet. (Length x Width x Height = Cubic Feet). Subtract the outside temperature from the desired inside temp to determine the temperature increase. If you have measured temperature in Fahrenheit, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .133 = Required BTUs) If you have measured temperature in Celsius, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .2394 = Required BTUs)

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Get Cooking With Blackstone Griddles From J&N Feed

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Blackstone Griddles10% off in-stock Blackstone Griddles December 1 through December 31, 2019, at J&N Feed and Seed. 

Get cooking with Blackstone Griddles at J&N Feed and Seed.  These quality griddles are crafted to high standards of both function and portability. Griddle cooking will open the door to numerous possibilities in your outdoor cooking experience. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, the Blackstone Griddle is a perfect fit for fast and consistent griddle results. The solid steel griddle is designed for consistent and even temperature across the griddle surface. Perfect for large groups or a more intimate setting. This griddle is a breakfast lover’s dream. Make pancakes, eggs, bacon, and just about anything else you can envision on this griddle. No wonder why with over 1 million sold, Blackstone Griddles are the best-selling Griddles in the world!

Traeger Grills and Traeger Wood Pellets

Sunday, December 1st, 2019
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Traeger Grills and Traeger Wood Pellets are available at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.10% off Traeger Wood Pellets in December 2019 at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.

J&N Feed and Seed in Graham is your local dealer for Traeger Grills and Traeger wood pellets.  Be it smoking, grilling, wood-fired convection oven, or BBQ, the Traeger Grill can satisfy all your grilling needs.  Stop by and check out our selection of grills, including the new Pro-Series 575 and Pro 780 WiFi pellet grills.

Simple and safe to operate, Traeger’s draft induction technology offers continuous convection cooking to ensure even heat distribution. The results are perfectly cooked food every time, with no flare-ups, no burnt food, and no hassles.

All you do is plug in and play!  Can’t get any easier than that! Traegers require only a standard 110V household current. After an initial 300 watt heat up of the wood pellets, the grill uses the equivalent of a 50 watt light bulb, making the Traeger Pellet Grill one of the most energy-efficient grills on the market today. Using Traeger’s specially formulated natural hardwood pellets, food has a rich flavor unmatched by charcoal, gas grills and smokers. Pellets come in a variety of woods, too— your grilling experience is only limited by your imagination.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed in Graham and our team will happily show you our selection of Traeger Pellet Grills and accessories. We’ll get you up and grilling in no time— for many years to come!

Graham Holiday Shopping Spree – Shop Local This Season

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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Graham Holiday Shopping Spree in Graham, Texas, November 29 through December 20, 2019.The annual Graham Holiday Shopping Spree event is here! Have you heard of this great program called the Holiday Shopping Spree right here in Graham?   Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Shop Graham First, Holiday Shopping Spree encourages patronage to local stores and businesses in Graham.  This year the contest runs November 29 through December 20, 2019, and has over $7,000 in prizes up for grabs. This fun, holiday event kicks off at 2:00 pm at Jailhouse Boutique, inside the Jailhouse Pharmacy.

J&N Feed & Seed is a participating retailer.  Stop by and pick up your Holiday Shopping Spree card today and start shopping in Graham!

How To Play:

  • Each week, merchants will receive a new batch of color-coded cards.
  • For every $25 spent, the customer will receive a stamped card.
  • Each week’s cards are clearly marked for the appropriate week.
  • The contest starts over every Friday with a different colored card.

Shoppers are responsible for turning in cards to the Chamber of Commerce by 5 pm each Thursday of the contest period.

Live drawing every Friday, December 6th, December 13th, and December 20th. For more information, call the Graham Chamber of Commerce at 940-549-3355.

J&N Feed and Seed is a proud member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and a proud participant of the Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree.

 

 

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