A Gunnedah agronomist says regular rain has delivered "the best start" to the winter cropping season in about a decade.
"Because we've been getting good rainfall events, everything is going in in good time and on time for a change. You don't always get everything going your way with moisture and the right time to be planting with varying crops," Matt Roseby said.
"There's definitely some positivity in the area for the first time in a long time, but we're nowhere near out of the woods yet."
Mr Roseby said a good downpour of 30-50mm would be needed in August to set crops up for spring.
He said hectares were up this season and crops were looking "nice and healthy".
"There's a lot of wheat and barley going in this year. Agronomically, the paddocks needed a bit of ground cover. Wheat and barley are the best at getting organic matter back into the soil and prices have been fair at the moment ... but we're going to need the rain to continue to make cash flows," Mr Roseby said.
The agronomist said it had been a mild winter so far but frosts in early spring could be their downfall.
"Crops are developing fairly rapidly so we don't want late frost ... that's where we can come unstuck," he said.
There's definitely some positivity in the area for the first time in a long time, but we're nowhere near out of the woods yet.Matt Roseby, agronomist
One of Mr Roseby's clients is the Pursehouse family at Breeza Station where 150 hectares of barley, 300 hectares of fava beans and more than 1000 hectares of wheat have gone into the ground in the last two months.
James Pursehouse said it had been "a perfect start to the season" because it had rained after every planting.
"There's a bit of optimism in the forecast. Coming into spring, they're still talking of the chance of above average [rainfall]," he said.
Despite regular rainfall, Mr Pursehouse said soil profiles still weren't full because of the years of drought.
"Where we cut some fields for hay last year the profile's still not full, probably only two-thirds," he said.
More than 450mm of rainfall has been recorded at Breeza Station in the last six months compared to 268mm for all of last year.