Soil moisture

Soil moisture: dry spots developing

End of November soil moisture levels were lower than normal in much of Northland, and in Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, and Kaikoura. Elsewhere, moisture conditions were near normal.


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