It has been a return this year to one of the better seasons for our farmers.
A severe drought, that in itself fed an ever-growing tinderbox that fuelled last summer's devastating bushfire season, moved into 2020.
But thankfully, the rains did finally come - and not in such a sporadic way that the only deliverance for those on the land was false hope.
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It has been a wetter turn of events, enough to return much-needed subsoil moisture across cropping areas, as well as giving confidence for the fattening of livestock on replenished pastures.
Not everywhere has benefited, as some rice farmers to the far west in areas around Moulamein have experienced, but it has been far better than what has become the norm of the past few years.
That this very good year on the land coincided with what has been the unforgettable disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic has had a stand-out impact.
And that has been the inability to stage large events. For rural communities it has meant the cancellation of the agricultural field days that play such a vital role in supporting farmers in good times and bad.
The Henty Machinery Field Days is one of the most renowned in the country.
It has long been a major success, consistently drawing large crowds and creating the ideal forum for the further development of this essential industry.
The costs, of course, are not just to those who look forward to the event and the role it plays in being a catalyst for doing things better.
This is why the announcement that more than $70,000 in support funding is such a welcome one.
The federal government package is a wise one, helping as it will with those costs that don't go away - the rates, the insurance bills and even the utilities.
In turn, that will allows organisers to maintain a solid base from which to hopefully get the crowds back through the gates in 2021.
As field days boss Belinda Anderson says, "it definitely softens the blow of not having the event this year".