Soil moisture

Dry spots in the north and east

Soil moisture levels in eastern Northland, along the Marlborough-Kaikoura coast, and in parts of inland Otago were lower than average at the end of September. Soils elsewhere remained near field capacity during the month.


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.