Soil moisture

Soil moisture on 31 July

Some east coast South Island soils were drier than normal at the end of July, particularly in Marlborough and south Canterbury. Elsewhere in the South Island, and in most of the North Island, soil moisture levels were near field capacity.

Soil moisture deficit in the pasture root zone at the end of July (right) compared with the deficit at the same time last year (centre) and the long term end of July average (left). The analysis is done for an average soil type where the available water capacity is taken to be 150 mm.