The heavy dumping of rain at the start of May, which brought some southern Riverina farms more than 60 millimetres, has delayed canola crops.
The event caused some soil issues and hampered the emergence of the canola crops with many growers opting for "safer cereal crops", according to Grains, Research and Development Corporation northern panel member and Rand farmer Roy Hamilton.
And the continuing tough conditions are a timely reminder to "take care of themselves and each other".
"We had 48 millimetres in one rainfall event in May and have had none since," Mr Hamilton said.
"This brings the total rainfall for the year to just 100 millimetres, with many growers opting for safer cereal crops, such as wheat and barley, over canola this season.
"But the fact is all these crops need rain now and we haven't had any follow up."
Mr Hamilton, who owns a 4400 hectare mixed farming operation at Rand, said farmers are also contending with "a lot of damage from wildlife".
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"The situation is similarly stressful for irrigators with the Hume and Burrinjuck dams at 15 percent and 29 per cent respectively," he said.
Mr Hamilton said the second dry season in a row had prompted many grain growers to consider trying to get livestock back into the system to spread risk.
"But this is proving difficult due to stock prices and infrastructure issues," he said.
"In the north and west of the Riverina, which was 80 to 90 per cent cropping, is now closer to 60 to 70 per cent as growers try to get livestock back in their systems.
"There are some significant changes going on as producers work out the best way to adjust to the climate challenges.
"Most landholders I know are working hard to take care of the environment as the dry conditions continue.
"So I think it is also timely we remind them to take care of themselves and each other."
But despite issues with dry conditions farmers are facing, sheep farmers said the rain brought "much needed relief during lambing".
Pleasant Hills farmer Grant Morey, who runs a 2000 acre sheep and cropping farm, said the 60 millimetres he received in May "made a huge difference".
"We started lambing on the first of April when the land was as dry as a bone," he said.
"It is pretty impressive to see what a difference that rain made as we now can move them onto grazing crops.
"We woke up the next morning and the dams were full which we hadn't seen in a long time.
"When we started lambing it was pretty tough but we just started feeding them and pushing through hoping for some rain and it finally came."
Mr Morey received 10 millimetres overnight Wednesday and said "it all helps".
"The landscape isn't going to change over night but the extra little bit of rain here and there definitely helps us along," he said.
"It keeps topping us up which will definitely help crops."
The GRDC northern region panel provides grassroots advice and guidance to the organisation to guide investments in research, development and extension.
The organisation said it "couldn't make it rain" but they had resources that may help growers dealing with the dry, such as farm business management information, evaluating planting pros and cons in dry times and mental health resource links.
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