GREENMOUNT dairy farmer Ches Priebbenow hopes a run of dry weather will soon end as he plans his summer crop.

The window for planting has opened and he is eager to start growing the next long-term food supply for his herd.

But a dry winter has meant he will have to wait for an increase in soil moisture levels to get his corn, forage sorghum and other feed crops in the ground.

"It is exactly the same as last year," Mr Priebbenow said.

"We had to wait right through until early December before we started getting planting rains."

He was quick to reference how costly buying cattle feed could be when the weather prevented him from growing his own.

"Six years ago we spent $120,000 bringing feed in from Kingsthorpe."

A repeat of that scenario is at least 12 months away for him yet and will be avoided once he can harvest his next crop.

"Every mouthful a dairy cow takes has to have the same nutritional value, 24 hours a day."

The 77-year-old, who with wife Del has been farming at Greenmount for 51 years, said farmers had to specialise in weather watching.

"We farmers look to the sky.

"That's our future."

Bureau of Meteorology media support officer Ken Kato said the Darling Downs had endured a dry winter and the trend was set to continue for the next few months.

"There appears to be a bit of a signal for warmer and drier conditions," Mr Kato said.

He said it was difficult to tell beyond the next few months how the weather would behave.

In the short term, he said Toowoomba and Darling Downs residents could be in for a moisture boost as early as this afternoon.

He said a weather front moving across southern Queensland from the west would arrive over the region late today, bringing isolated showers and some thunderstorms.

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