Local farmers are excited by this week's rainfall, which they say has made perfect sowing conditions for farmers.
Geoff Thomas, a semi-retired farmer from Prairie (55km north of Bendigo), said the almost 30mm that fell around him was a great relief.
"It's such a shot in the arm. It really gives you a good start to May," he said. "Things are starting to to turn. The ground is still warm, so conditions are perfect for sowing.
"A lot of people wonder when the rain is going to happen but this rain will get it growing and happening.
"It was a stinking hot summer. Around Prairie there's a lot of dry land that remains green because of the few rains had during summer.
"It made the country look better (than it was). We really are at the mercy of the elements."
Elmore farmer David Johnson said the 25mm of rain he received was the autumn break that all farmers expected.
"Historically, on average the autumn break is the first or second week of May. To have it now with a decent fall is great," he said.
"It gives us moisture to sow into and any crops that have already been planted will be germinated. Those of us on the dry always look for the autumn break, that's what this is."
Mr Johnson said farmers always stay optimistic when it comes to rain.
"People worry about the fact it hasn't rained for three months, but it doesn't rain in summer," he said.
"Most farmers understand summer is dry and hope for the opening rain at the start of the season, that's what we got this week.
"It's perfectly timed and a nice consistent amount. It's a godsend."
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