Soil moisture

Soil moisture levels near normal

In most parts of New Zealand soil moisture levels at the end of October were near historical mean levels. In a few areas, particularly parts of Northland, Kaikoura, and east Otago, moisture levels were lower than average.


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