Widespread rainfall totals around the 50mm mark over the past week have southern Riverina farmers confident of a strong season.
Winter crops in particular but also those preparing pastures for stock have been given a strong head start.
After falls in early March of between 50mm and 100mm, this week's rain has tipped the balance.
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Walla-based agronomist Tim Paramore said the latest big rain event on Thursday morning meant farmers were now getting "some proper, in-soil moisture".
"The moisture should connect now and we've got enough to sow and get things in on time," he said.
"We're always a bit cautious, because it's only the beginning of April.
"But sowing things in Aprils a great opportunity and a lot of grazing crops have gone in. Hopefully it will do well."
Albury-Wodonga recorded 23.4mm in the gauge on Thursday morning, which was followed by more sporadic showers.
An identical reading of 23.4mm was recorded on Monday.
The totals were consistent across the region, Mr Paramore said.
"I've been speaking to someone at Corowa and they've had nearly an inch, with 25mm," he said.
"We've had 31mm on one block and 25mm on the other block by now.
"It's wonderful rain, a really soaking rain."
Walla farmer Jason Schilg agreed the falls had turned things around since the long months of drought.
"It's been excellent, really excellent," he said.
"It's building up our soil moisture profile quite well. And we have weeds coming up and so we can control that easier with spraying."
Mr Schilg suggested the recent falls were not isolated events.
"I think we might be in for a wetter year," he said.
"It gives us a lot more confidence."
Mr Schilg said the benefit of such rainfall was especially beneficial for the wider southern Riverina region.
"Honestly, we have been going all right in (the Walla) area. But it will still be good to have that."
Mr Paramore said his initial feedback from farmers was that they were "pretty happy, very happy".
"Because it's not only helping the cropping situation, it's helping the perennial plants like lucerne and phalaris, which are getting massive responses," he said.
"It helps with clover strike and it helps with phalaris grow.
"And we've had terrific response with lucerne. It's showing the benefit of perennials."
Mr Paramore said he had also received feedback that the rain had been consistent across the region.
The latest falls, he said, would allow a lot more farmers to plan ahead with confidence, even if there were still some issues holding things back such as the shortage of chemicals for spraying weeds.
"And fertiliser supplies are still struggling," he said.
"I managed to scoop another tonne out at Walla so I could finish sowing another paddock."
Mr Paramore said another benefit of the break was this allowed for the sowing of a lot of grazing canola.
Also encouraging was that the latest rain had come in a front travelling from the west, rather than tropical moisture drawn down from the north of the continent.
"I think we can act with a bit of confidence."
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