For the first time in 13 years, a dry lake bed is being used to grow canola, wheat and chick peas in the New South Wales outback.

In 2000, Nialia Lake in the state's far west flooded, but it dried up earlier this year, leaving the soil perfect for planting crops.

Grazier Angus Whyte says the timing has to be right for plants to flourish.

"We're only able to crop the lake once after a flood because of the amount of stored moisture we have and the soil type, it's probably more like growing a crop in 20 plus inch rainfall country."