Natural Resource Base

 

Longitude and Latitude

                        Latitude:         49 degrees 49 minutes N

 

                        Longitude:      100 degrees 57 minutes W

 

Elevation

                        445.40 m ASL (meters above sea level)                              

Climate

  

Month

Average Max. Temp. C

Average Precipitation mm

January

-11.5

21.3

February

- 7.1

17

March

- 0.3

26.7

April

10.5

30.1

May

18.7

49.6

June

22.8

77.2

July

25.5

66.1

August

24.6

61

September

18.2

49.7

October

11.1

30.9

November

- 0.6

22.7

December

- 8.9

22.1

Annual Averages

8.6

474.3

 

       Water

            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

 

 

       Soils

            Classification

                        Canadian Soils Classification

                                    Coming soon

 

                        Manitoba Crop Insurance

                                    Coming soon

 

 

Crops

            Average 5 Year Crop Yields

                        Spring Wheat              0.937 tonnes/acre         34.4 bu./acre               

                        Barley                         1.107 tonnes/acre          50.9 bu./acre

                        Oats                            0.886 tonnes/acre          57.5 bu./acre

                        Canola                         0.586 tonnes/acre          25.8 bu./acre

                        Flax/Linola                 0.461 tonnes/acre          18.1 bu./acre

 

 

Petroleum

            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 2006, 478 new wells were drilled in the province, bringing the total number of wells in the province to 2337.

 

            Total oil production for 2006 was 1,200,000 cubic meter or 7.5 million barrels, representing a 32 % increase in production. The total value of the 2006 production is valued at $ 500,000,000.

           

 

Other

            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.