Preparations are underway to move Tandou Farm out of care-and-maintenance mode and back into crop production.
This comes as large water flows continue to fill the Menindee Lakes in far west New South Wales.
The farm, well-known for growing cotton in the region, was mothballed earlier in the year due to low water levels in the storage system.
Joe Robinson, a director at Webster Limited, said the agribusiness, which owns the outback property, expected further flows from upstream will help secure future crops.
“I think by Christmas the lakes will probably be full,” he said.
“There’s still very big flows in the Darling River and around Bourke so those flows will continue for a couple of months.
Mr Robinson said pre-planting work would need to commence before seeds went into the ground.
Mr Robinson said it will take close to a year before gossypium will flourish on Menindee soil — until then, some other type of grain will go into the ground.
“Cotton won’t go in till September or October next year as water’s come too late for this year,” he said.
“The first thing that will happen is potentially a winter crop and that’ll depend on water availability.
“We’ve got to determine exactly what sort of configuration we’re going to grow our cotton in and we’ll look at the market opportunities for grain crops.
“Obviously, grain prices are pretty depressed at the moment. What the mix will be we’ll determine over time.
“Some sort of cereal, whether it’s a wheat or barley or a durum, will happen. Historically Tandou’s grown a fair bit of durum wheat, so that is one of the likely possibilities.”
In the meantime, there is work to be done on the farm to clear unwanted weeds from paddocks.
“We’ll do a bit of a clean up and commencing pretty shortly,” Mr Robinson said.
“We’ve allowed weeds to grow on the fields and part of that process was about actually getting some ground cover.
“If you keep things spotless and we get the winds, it’ll blow sand and dust all over the place and you can get drifts, which become pretty hard to deal with when you want to get back into cropping.
“We’ve had record rainfall and some of the weeds have persisted longer than I expected.
“But we’ve got no issue in turning these fields around — that was part of the program and we’ll be ready to roll when we need to be.”