Soil moisture

Soil moisture

Soil moisture levels at field capacity in most places

Soils were generally at field capacity, and in some eastern areas, there were water surpluses. Soil moisture deficits remained in South Canterbury and North and Central Otago, but conditions improved in coastal Marlborough.

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