Soil moisture

Low South Canterbury and Otago moisture

Soil moisture levels in parts of South Canterbury and Otago remained lower than normal in June, following low June rainfalls in the region. Elsewhere in the country, soils were mostly at field capacity or above, and unusually wet in Hawke’s Bay and Kaikoura.


Water balance in the pasture root zone for an average soil type where the available water capacity is taken to be 150 mm.