Soil moisture

East coast South Island below field capacity

Soils in parts of the east coast of the South Island remained below field capacity at the end of July, following lower than normal rainfalls during the month. Typically, soil moisture levels would be at or close to field capacity at this time.


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.