Crops are finally germinating in Western Australia's wheatbelt region, two months after seeding was completed.
After experiencing the driest June on record, many of the state's grain growing regions have now received a small amount of rainfall.
Merredin agronomist David Keamy says yields will still be well below average, but farmer spirits have been lifted.
"The yield side of it has probably saved the day, especially the older crop that was already into a bit of moisture, summer moisture, and it's allowed everything else to come through, even though it's very very late," he said.
"Even ten days ago it was getting fairly desperate and there wasn't a lot of happiness and a lot of love in the air, or in town.
"When you walk around now, everyone's got a bit of a smile and at least it gives a little bit of hope, and the guys that have got crop south of town, it gives them a lot of hope for some good dollars.
"So, an exceptionally pleasing week and a half."