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Outdoor Wood Patio Furniture By Texas Casual

Monday, June 27th, 2022

J&N Feed and Seed is your local dealer for Outdoor Wood Patio Furniture from Texas Casual Wooden Furniture. Shop our selection quality wooded patio furniture.J&N Feed and Seed is your local dealer for Outdoor Wood Patio Furniture from Texas Casual Wooden Furniture.

Are you looking for that perfect swing for your front porch? Or, do you need new patio furniture for your back deck? At J&N Feed and Seed,  you’ll find a great selection of rockers and other patio items made in Grandview Texas, by Texas Casual. Outdoor furniture is an investment, so make sure you invest in high-quality pieces.

Every piece of TX Casual furniture is handmade from premium-grade, American grown, Wolmanized, Southern Yellow Pine. Each piece is assembled with hot dipped zinc fasteners which are more rust-resistant than galvanized and stronger than stainless steel. We are obsessed with comfort and design. Which means we routinely refine and improve our furniture. It’s the small things like, hidden hardware, and sanded edges that make a real difference.

We are proud to be a dealer of Texas Casual fine outdoor wood patio furniture. Avoid the big box stores and come shop local with us, where you’ll find a knowledgeable staff and outstanding customer service. J&N Feed and Seed is a family-owned business located at 450 Pecan Street, in Graham, Texas. Shop local with us today!

 

July Gardening Tips

Monday, June 27th, 2022

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

Gardening activities usually slowdown in the summertime as the temperature continues to climb into the 90’s and beyond. July is often a very dry month and can be very hot. New garden projects are not usually started but there are always maintenance chores to do. The best time to do any kind of gardening or maintenance is in the early morning or late in the day after supper.

Proper watering is essential to keep plants healthy in the heat of summer. It is best to water as deeply and infrequently as possible, as opposed to frequent light sprinklings. This will encourage a deeper root system that can take advantage of water stored in the soil.

One of the best strategies for getting shrubs and young trees through summertime dry spells is to apply a thick layer of mulch over the root systems of plants. Mulches break down over time, so if it has been awhile since you’ve mulched, check all the plants in your yard. A three to four-inch layer will prevent most evaporation from the soil and lower the soil temperature in the root zone, reducing stress on the root system.

Drip irrigation combined with mulch is an excellent way to maintain a high quality of plant materials. Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly into the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing and emitters. It is done through narrow tubes that deliver water directly to the base of the plant. This allows for fertilizer and nutrient loss to be minimized due to localized application and reduced leaching. Soil erosion and weed growth is lessened with this type of irrigation along with the foliage remain dry, reducing the risk of disease. If drip irrigation is not an option at this time, consider using soaker hoses to provide a good source of water to your garden or bedding plants.

Water plants in containers and hanging baskets more frequently in the summer to keep them from drying out. This can leach out plant nutrients from the soil, so use a water-soluble fertilizer regularly to keep your plants growing and healthy.

 

 

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Fourth of July Pet Safety TipsDid you know, that more pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? Follow these Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips to keep your pooch, happy and safe during the holiday.

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality, some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed, or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  • Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by keeping your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number, and any relevant contact information. July 1 is National ID Your Pet Day, which serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is up to date.

Content by ASPCA

Rescue TrapStik For Wasps

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Pick up the Rescue TrapStik for Wasps at J&N Feed and Seed. Rescue TrapStiks employs exclusive VisiLure® colors and patterns proven to attract wasps, mud daubers, and carpenter bees outdoors.

What It Catches
Catches paper wasps, mud daubers, and carpenter bees. Redesigned to include bird guards and spikes on the top and bottom caps, the trap keeps wildlife safe while continuing to catch the target insects.

How It Works
Uses our exclusive VisiLure® technology to lure the target insects with appealing colors and a multi-dimensional pattern. Insects are attracted by the colors and patterns on the TrapStik, then get stuck on the adhesive surface.

Rescue TrapStik For Wasps available at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas. Unique Features & Benefits

  • Bird guards provide protection for birds, bats, and other small animals
  • Odor-free
  • Pesticide-free
  • Weather-resistant
  • Catches queens and workers, spring through fall
  • Can be placed near a nest to reduce populations, making it safer to spray
  • Made in the USA

What Kills The Insects?
Wasps get caught on the sticky surface. Once stuck, they expire on their own.

Where It’s Used
Hang Rescue TrapStik for wasps outdoors, from the eaves of your home or wherever you see evidence of wasp, mud dauber, or carpenter bee activity. For best results, hang TrapStik from man-made structures where these insects nest or boreholes, such as an eave, awning, pergola, garage, or shed. Avoid hanging TrapStik where birds or other wildlife activity happens, and where children or pets may come in contact with the adhesive. TrapStik can also be placed next to an insect nest to deplete the population.

Double Down Deer Feed & Mineral

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

Double Down Deer Feed at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.Double Down Deer Feed and Double Down Custom Mineral are now available at J&N Feed and Seed.

Double Down Deer Feed is a custom blend originally created for the Holden Pasture Deer Lease.

  • Formulated with the highest quality ingredients.
  • Contains ZERO least-cost rations and ZERO grain by-products.
  • Includes a quality yeast culture to aid in digestion and support a healthy rumen.
  • Contains one of the highest pelletized TDN  (Total Digestible Nutrient) levels on the deer feed market.
  • Developed with proven attractants to draw in and attract overall consumption.

Double Down Custom Minerals  – Contains a vitamin package with increased concentrations of Vitamin A, Double Down Deer Feed Custom Mineral available at J&N Feed and Seed.Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

  • Mineral package contains key proteinates such as Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, and Cobalt Proteinate.
  • A quality yeast culture included aiding in the digestion and distribution of Double Down® Custom Minerals.
  • Contains proprietary attractants to aid in consumption.
  • Mix custom minerals with deer corn at a rate of 8lbs DDCM to 300lbs corn.

Shop J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, for wildlife feeds, feeders, attractants, and of course firearms. We offer feed and feeder delivery and set up as well as filling services and feeder repair services.

 

Get Cooking With Blackstone Griddles From J&N Feed

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Blackstone Griddles at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.

NEW Blackstone Griddle & Air Fryer Combo at J&N Feed!

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. For 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 Grill Father’s Day Sale

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Gift dad a new grill during our Traeger Grill Father’s Day Sale and give him the most flavorful summer ever.Gift dad a new grill during our Traeger Grill Father’s Day Sale and give him the most flavorful summer ever. From 6/10/22 through 6/19/22, you can save up to $150 on select Traeger grills and treat dad to the incredible wood-fired flavor he deserves.

Take a look at these smokin’ deals:

  • $150 Off Ironwood 650 & Ironwood 885 Grills
  • $100 Off Pro 575 & Pro 780 Grills
  • $75 Off Pro 34 Grills
  • $2 Off Traeger Pellets, Rubs, & Sauces
  • $20 Off MEATER Wireless Meat Thermometers

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed, for Traeger grills, pellets, rubs, and sauces. Make this Father’s Day one he’ll remember!

* Sale valid June 10, 2022, through June 19, 2022, and limited to stock on hand.

FireDisc Portable Propane Cooker

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

FireDisc Portable Cookers are 10% off in December 2021 at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas.

The FireDisc Portable Propane Cooker is now available at J&N Feed. These revolutionary cookers are designed to go anywhere. Unlike grills, which don’t disassemble, require charcoal and the disposal of spent charcoal, and are a pain to pack, FireDisc is easy to bring along. The clever 3-piece design makes assembly/disassembly an absolute breeze (no tools or hardware). It operates on readily available propane canisters, and it stores flat. The flexible stand adapts easily to uneven surfaces, allowing you to select your outdoor cooking spot for the view, not the flat ground. And, yes, FireDisc is built tough to withstand the rigors of a lifetime of outdoor use and abuse. FireDisc is “Built to Haul.”

The entire FireDisc system consists of two stand sections that nest together without tools or hardware plus the disc itself, which sets onto the stand. It takes mere seconds to assemble or disassemble, and the three pieces lay flat for easy transport or storage. It comes in two sizes, 24 inches, and 36 inches. We stock both sizes, and can special order any of the accessories or specialty colors. Stop by J&N Feed and Seed for FireDisc Portable Propane Cookers.

Product Description

The Deep 24-Inch Short gives you the cooking versatility offered by the walled disc (large volumes of food, soups, stews, and deep frying) with the shorter (24-inch) stand that’s easier to pack and store. This is the perfect model for shore lunches since the shorter stand takes up less space in your boat, or on trips and treks where space is at a premium.

Our best-seller, the Deep 36-inch Tall gives you the ability to cook the most food, including soups and stews. The walled disc is designed to contain high volumes of food and liquids, which also makes it ideal for deep frying. The tall (36-inch) stand puts the cooking at a convenient table height.

 

Bayou Classic Deep Fryers

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

bayou classic deep fryers

With Bayou Classic Deep Fryers, grilling doesn’t have to be your only outdoor cooking option.  J&N Feed and Seed stocks specialty outdoor cooking fryers manufactured by Bayou Classic of Brandon, MS. We are a distributor for Bayou Classic Deep Fryers and currently stock the classic stainless steel fryers in  2.5 gallon, the 4 gallon and 9 gallon models.

The built-in temperature gauge helps ensure that your food always comes out perfectly done and the two or three included fryer baskets allow you to cook several different things at once  Included with each models is 1,2 or 3 stainless steel mesh baskets, thermometer, drain valve, high pressure preset regulator, brass control valve and stainless braided hose.

Best Practices For Managing Forage

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

Best practices for managing 4 types of forage. Capitalize on your forage management to optimize cattle nutrition.Best practices for managing 4 types of forage. Capitalize on your forage management to optimize cattle nutrition.

Each forage type comes with its own challenges and management considerations. And, honing in forage management can help support cattle nutrition needs – and your bottom line.

Take advantage of these best practices for each of the four different forage types

Cool Season Forages: Fescue is the dominant forage in the U.S. because it’s a hardy forage that can stand up to grazing pressure. However, it doesn’t come without challenges. The predominant fescue variety comes with the risk of endophyte toxicity. Endophyte toxicity occurs when livestock consumes fungal endophytes present in the seed head of grass. Fungal endophytes contain ergot alkaloids that can be detrimental to livestock, causing lower feed intake, reduced weight gain, and decreased fertility.

An easy method to manage endophytes in fescue is to clip the grass using a tractor-pulled mower before the grass heads out. You can also manage endophytes by inter-seeding legumes like grazing alfalfas, white clover, and red clover. These legumes provide additional forage sources and offset the risk of endophytes. Legumes also benefit overall pasture health by providing nitrogen fixation for the soil and extending the grazing season.

With any cool-season forage, whether it be fescue, brome, or another grass, watch out for grass tetany during the early spring flush. Feeding a mineral high in magnesium, like Purina® Wind and Rain® Hi-Mag, can help supplement your herd.

Warm Season Forages: There are many options to graze cattle effectively with warm-season forages, from improved forages in the southern U.S. like Bahiagrass and Bermudagrass to the native tall grass and short grass ranges to the west. Warm-season grasses tend to take off when cool-season grasses lose productivity. If you have access to both warm and cool-season forages, you’ve got a complimentary program.

The biggest challenge with warm-season forage is stocking density. Warm-season forages typically can’t support the same grazing pressure as cool-season forages. Maintain moderate stocking densities for your area and use a rotational grazing system that moves cattle from grazed to rested pasture. If your pastures are too large to fence for rotational grazing, consider using mineral or supplement sites to maximize forage use. Cattle will seek the pasture for minerals and supplements, which you can use to your advantage.

Another challenge with warm-season forages is that stem growth tends to outrun leaf growth as the growing season continues. When the stem-to-leaf ratio gets too far out of line, forage quality drops because there are more carbohydrates and less protein and energy. Keep supplemental nutrient sources available to cattle on warm-season pasture to ensure their nutrient needs are met throughout the grazing season. Purina® Accuration® block or Purina® RangeLand® protein tubs, along with minerals, can help extend the grazing season and make best use of forages.

Cover Crops: It’s been trendy the last few years to use mixes of cover crops like turnips, forage sorghums, rye and clover to get more grazing from crop fields. But, grazing systems with mono-crops have existed for a lot longer. Wheat pasture, for instance, has been used to grow calves and maintain cow herds before the grain crop goes to head. Sudangrass has made efficient summertime grazing, too.

An important factor in grazing any forage, particularly cover crops, is to have mineral available year-round. Cover crops might be the lushest forage your herd has all year, but cattle may not fully utilize it. Offering mineral helps maintain an animal’s rumen microbes, which in turn impacts forage utilization and feed efficiency.

Much like traditional perennial cool-season grasses, you should feed a high-magnesium mineral in the spring and fall due to grass tetany risk. Bloat can also be a concern in lush cover crops. Feeding a mineral with an ionophore, like Purina®Wind and Rain® minerals, or keeping bloat guard blocks at the mineral site can help.

Monitor nitrate and prussic acid poisoning when using cover crops containing forage sorghums, Sudangrass, millet, and green grazed corn, or even if field edges have Johnson grass. Have fields tested, especially if forages get too far ahead of cattle before or during grazing. Drought years also increase concern for nitrates since the stalks of those stemmy plants naturally hold more nitrates when dry.

Hay & Silage: Stored forages help extend forage use throughout the year, and both hay and silage have their unique places in beef cattle rations.

Silage quality is particularly important, whether the forage is fed to weaned calves or mature cows. Harvest silage when it’s at its peak for protein and energy to maximize the quality rather than yield. Once harvested, storage should be your next emphasis. Focus on packing silage piles tight, using an inoculant to reduce mycotoxins, and covering piles to prevent spoilage.

Also, focus on hay quality. The term “cow-quality hay” is often used to describe poorer quality forages used to feed beef cows. Yes, you can feed fibrous, low-quality hay to cows, but you’re likely going to need more supplementation to keep them in an adequate body condition score 6. Putting up good-quality hay to start helps reduce the need to feed as much supplement.

Before you start feeding hay or silage, pull samples for testing. A forage test helps determine protein and energy levels. With those levels as your baseline, you can determine the amount of supplement needed to support your herd. If everything goes perfectly, you may only need to feed mineral to balance the ration. Connect with your Purina® dealer to work on a forage management plan. Please personalize this line.

Source: Ted Perry, Purina Cattle Nutritionist T

 

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