Seed Companies Push Planting Products And Our Patience

Two Hearts, One Harvest

As if the Christmas sales season didn't come early enough, seed sales calls pushing planting products seem never-ending.

Published on: December 25, 2013

Christmas is barely over and the New Year is rounding the corner. These holidays always seem to go by so fast, and it seems as though some companies want to make it go by even faster.

All through December seed representatives have been calling the house nonstop to ask, “Have you bought all your seed yet? We've got some really good deals!”

Sheilah: I get really frustrated with this. One company in particular called the house at least once a day for a week. Of course, they'd always call in the evening. By evening, I mean after 8:30 p.m.

The same person never called twice. They always acted like no one from their company had called before.

Mike usually wasn’t around when they called, and they never wanted to talk to me – frustrating me even more. By the fourth night of being polite and courteous, I was getting extremely annoyed. I was running low on polite and courteous.

So the next night they called – before they could hang up – I told them we bought all our seed from one of their biggest competitors (which we hadn’t). There was no need for them to call back.

Mike: Sure enough, they called back again the next night. I was home, and I thought my ears were going to start bleeding when Sheilah saw who was calling. I answered the phone using my “professional telemarketer” voice: “Hello?”

On the other end was the sweetest grandmotherly voice you've ever heard. She asked me to take a survey – which I didn’t want to do. We were wrapping Christmas presents.

I explained that my wife had already talked to someone from the company. She told me she was unaware of that, and that she was sorry. But would I still take her survey? It would only take a minute. Her voice was so frail and sweet. I couldn’t say no.

Sheilah: Twenty minutes later, I had finished wrapping the presents. Mike was still taking her “short” survey.

I understand people have a job to do, and need to sell their products. I don’t even mind them calling so much. It’s just that they call at night.

Mike and I usually don’t see much of each other during the day. So in the evenings, we just like to relax and catch up with each other.

Mike:  Finally, the survey ended. Then in that same sweet, frail voice, she asked: “Would you want to meet with our local representative to talk about seed?”

I said yes, just to see what the hoopla was all about. It’s been three weeks, and we haven’t heard anything back.

Sheilah: They were in such a hurry to make a sale that they must have forgotten what they were selling. Or, maybe they lost our phone number. One could hope.

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac are young farmers from near Uniontown, Pa. Check out their column in American Agriculturist magazine.