There is little doubt that the number one requirement in Narrabri Shire at present is rain. And the longer we go without a substantial amount, the worse the long-term effects are going to be.
This year's cotton harvest has been patchy compared to recent years, but while not a record-breaker, many growers at least got by - two or three timely falls during the season helped dryland growers immensely.
But the situation isn't so good for winter crops, or indeed the next cotton crop unless the skies open for a bit longer than last night's brief fall.
The effects are already being start to be felt in towns too - a decent drop of rain means wallets open again and retailers benefit.
On cattle properties good rain would also ease the feed situation.