Farmers in Canterbury are bracing for the worst, with the skies not delivering what they need the most.
Rain is forecast this week, however Weather Watch analyst Philip Duncan says it won't be much - with only around 10 millilitres at the most falling tomorrow.
Darfield farmer Neil Stott says they need at least three times that amount to ease the drought-like conditions.
"We're going to need a good 25-30mls to get it there but we don't want all that to happen in 24 hours. We'd like to see 15mls and another 15mls a day apart."
Mr Stott says if the rain doesn't come soon, many farmers will be forced to sell stock and bring in emergency feed.