Farmers across the region are feeling more secure about the future, but there's still no guarantee of long-term success, organisers are warning.
Aussie Helpers leader Kate O'Brien has personally seen the heights of this year's rain-driven harvest, but has also seen how sporadic success has been.
"For us, personally, it's magic, we're having a terrific season and it's running with us, that massive buy-in has stopped, we're making our own hay, we've put in some summer crops right now," Ms O'Brien said.
"But the sad thing is until harvest is in and grain is at silos and cheques come in, it's still very tough financially.
"You're paying the same expenses a lot of the time and we're still all dealing with the repercussions of making it through the hardest drought."
While there's reason to be positive, especially in comparison to last year's devastating lack of a true harvest season for many, the struggles are still plain to see for many.
"We have all our surplus stock, but unfortunately a lot of that got us through the tough times, there's a delay now where a lot of people don't have that extra stock, they really only have their breeding core," Ms O'Brien said.
Right now, the light is turned on, everyone's got their head down and is making hay while the sun shines, we're trying to recoup.Aussie Helpers leader Kate O'Brien
"In order to make hay, that's still going to be a big cost on us until we're selling the hay and selling stock, that's going to slow the whole process right down."
"Right now, the light is turned on, everyone's got their head down and is making hay while the sun shines, we're trying to recoup."
Ms O'Brien says farmers in the region have still been hitting rough patches, depending on where they're located.
"I was just talking to a farmer out Hermidale way and they've seen a lot of fields and farms out there who are seeing drastically reduced grain," Ms O'Brien said.
"Some paddocks are getting enormous quantities off, but it's still hit and miss, some expect a terrific harvest and then it hits them in the pants again, right now it all seems to depend on if you're in that right shower of rain or not, or if you have continuation and follow through."
While the patchy nature of rain-fall is still causing strain, one area in which the farming community are feeling very optimistic is the steps Australia as a whole is taking towards opening state borders.
"The borders is huge for all of us, it's an absolute game changer, it'll get people moving again and we'll have people on both sides of the border enjoying that," Ms O'Brien said.
"A lot of cattle are coming down from Queensland where they've had very little reprieve from the drought and it's helping our farmers."
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