"It's fantastic, everyone is pretty upbeat."
That was the answer dryland grain grower Jochim Jager gave, when asked about the mood on his Hillston family farm at the moment.
And it's easy to understand why.
According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Science (ABARES), the national wheat harvest is set to be the second biggest on record, and NSW is expected to produce it's biggest winter crop harvest ever.
The impressive yields were caused by the arrival of long-awaited rains and good growing conditions for crops like wheat, barley, and chickpeas, both in NSW and across south-eastern parts of the country.
Mr Jager said some parts of his 11,000 hectare farm produced almost four times more wheat than they did last year.
"This year we got anywhere from 2.5 to 5 tonnes per hectare ... whereas last year we were looking at around 1.2 to 1.5," Mr Jager said.
His haul stood above the rest and secured first place in the crop competition for wheat in Hillston, but he said the good conditions have been felt across the region, with most farmers having above-average yields.
The record harvests will no doubt be a huge relief for NSW growers, who were impacted by drought and dry conditions for the past three years before being hit with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Jager said the yield is "a bounce-back", and he hopes it will have positive impacts on agriculture in Australia.
"It shows the strength of agriculture as a mainstay industry, and hopefully an industry that people want to come into or at least stay in," he said.
"Hopefully it's going to continue to grow and become stronger."
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Brad Muller is an area manager at GrainCorp Barellan, the local branch of a national grain handling company.
He said some of their sites are set to break records, as they achieve their highest grain receival ever.
ABARES project NSW's winter crop to produce 17.6 million tonnes, with the nation as a whole producing 51.5 million, a 76 per cent increase from last year's yield.
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