July 1 changed everything for wheat growers. No more will AWB have a monopoly on bulk wheat exports, no more will growers have a receiver of last resort for their grain and no more will there likely be any guaranteed access dates for pools.
AWB managing director Gordon Davis this week makes the point that as a seasonal business growers don't have the luxury of taking 12 months to adapt.
They need to start making decisions about this new world in four months time or sooner.
The same goes for AWB.
It too is making key decisions about how it will market the coming crop and what role it will play in this new marketplace.
What's certain, at least in Gordon Davis's mind, is that it can't compete effectively with a constitutionally-embedded structure built for a business with monopoly rights.
In the next six weeks AWB will be hoping to convince shareholders that it is right – and that change is in both the company and growers' interest.
The Wheat Growers Action Group has already made clear it will fight any move to change the structure and believes AWB’s mandate to maximise grower returns is more important than ever.
Growers are now faced with a difficult dilemma.
What's more important – grower control or a strong AWB able to offer competitive prices and products at the silo and generate better dividends?
It is unlikely they can have both.
What do you think?