AN AGRONOMIST says the weekend's deluge is useful but not key to the autumn growing season.
It will instead be "moisture in the bank" as farmers hope for more rain later in the season.
Things are looking good across parts of northern Victoria but more rain events will be needed when the ideal window for sowing seeds arrives, Agriculture Victoria seasonal risk agronomist Dale Boyd said.
"The week of cool weather ahead should encourage the germination of annual plants and if there's some follow up rain in early April this should lead to the growth of pastures," he said.
Bendigo received 47.2mm of rain in the 48 hours to 9am Monday morning.
The wider region has benefited from good downpours of more than 25mm throughout the week ending Monday.
Victoria avoided the widespread flooding that hit New South Wales as rain clouds moved down the continent over the weekend.
It should avoid the worst of what is coming next as a second rainfall band sweeps through, though Eastern Victoria could get between 20 and 50mm, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Delamotte said.
"Even though we do see the rainfall increasing the heaviest falls still look like they are going to be over the New South Wales side of the border," he said.
Bendigo should see showers over the coming few days, which will clear on Wednesday.
Meanwhile in eastern Victoria, the BOM is still advising people to be on alert for heavy rain and potentially strong winds.
"We certainly are watching this very closely, particularly with that low pressure system moving off the southern New South Wales coast and into Bass Strait during Tuesday and Wednesday," Mr Delamotte said.
"That's likely to be a dynamic system ... and will have a large impact on how much rain we see."
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