Soil moisture levels along the Marlborough-Kaikoura coast and in parts of inland Otago were lower than average at the end of August. Bay of Plenty and central North Island soils were also a little drier than normal. Soils elsewhere were near field capacity.
Soil moisture deficit in the pasture root zone at the end of August (right) compared with the deficit at the same time last year (centre) and the long-term end of August average (left). The analysis is done for an average soil type where the available water capacity is taken to be 150 mm.