Natural Resources
Longitude and Latitude
Latitude: 49 degrees 49 minutes N
Longitude: 100 degrees 57 minutes W

445.40 m ASL (meters above sea level)
Month Average Max. Temp. C Average Precipitation mm
January -9.0 0.13
February -6.7 0.23
March -6.4 0.29
April 1.9 0.20
May 17.6 1.66
June 23.1 2.62
July 24.5 4.55
August 25.9 0.78
September 22.4 2.46
October 9.9 1.18
November 0.3 0.18
December -13.3 0.27
Annual Averages 7.52 1.21

Local Groundwater
Aquifer Type:  sand
Average Pumping Rates: sand point 5 gpm

Town Supply
Aquifer Type: Assiniboine River Valley aquifer
Average pumping rates: 650 gpm per well

Surface Waters
Name: Scallion Creek
Up Stream Elevation: 437.1 m. (water line)
436.6 m. (bottom)
Down Stream Elevation: 434.9 m. (water line)
433 m. (bottom est.)
Outflow: Assiniboine River
Confluence Elevation: 377 m. ASL
Canadian Soils Classification
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Manitoba Crop Insurance
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Average 5 Year Crop Yields (2009-2013)
Spring Wheat 46.8 bu/acre           1.274 tonnes/acre
Barley 62.7 bu/acre          1.364 tonnes/acre
Oats 86.0 bu/acre  1.327 tonnes/acre
Canola 33.9 bu/acre 0.769 tonnes/acre
Flax  25.5 bu/acre 0.648 tonnes/acre
The Town of Virden is underlain by the Virden Oilfield. The local area is home to the three largest oil pools in the province, the Virden, Daly and Sinclair oilfields.

"In 2009, 296 drilling licences were issued with 260 new wells drilled. In the following years, those numbers were, respectively, 632 and 510 for 2010, 672 and 578 for 2011, and 720 and 616 for 2012, according to figures from Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines.

As one might expect, a high percentage of new wells are horizontal—207 (260 total) in 2009, 436 in 2010, 536 in 2011 and 570 in 2012.

The metrics so far for 2013, however, are pointing in the other direction. As of September 23, drilling licences totalled 369 compared to 511 for the same period in 2012. Some 60 licences had been cancelled by September 23, compared to 27 for all of last year. A total of 398 wells have been drilled to date this year with 377 horizontals."
-Oil & Gas Inquirer; Western Canada's Exploration & Production Authority
Brine Wells
Salt water brine wells are accessed by a manufacturing facility for the production of sodium chlorate, which is used in the pulp and paper industry as a bleaching agent.
In addition there are several wells which are utilized as injection wells for the disposal of suitable liquid wastes, being primarily petroleum contaminated salt water originated from oil wells.