Sunflower Harvesting System

Your Standard corn head and our Sunstar adaptors will Quickly and efficiently harvest your Sunflowers

Check out the demo movie!



Expand your crop options without worrying about harvesting problems

With SunStar plates: You move quickly through standing Sunflowers. Take advantage of your corn head's ability to pick up and salvage lodged heads, something most header conversions won't do. An inexpensive SunStar attachment bolts on your corn head. There are no moving parts to wear and replace.

The SunStar Harvesting System:

There are no permanent modifications and SunStar has no moving parts to wear and replace. This system, developed and used in Europe for several years, is proven effective. Each conversion unit is laser cut from carbon steel for perfect fit and extremely long wear.

Convert from Corn to Sunflowers in less than an 1/2 hour per row:

Installation is easy, taking 30 minutes to an hour per row. First, the snouts are removed then deck plates are removed. Secondly, the SunStar deck plates are installed. Next, the gathering chains and the gathering slot are adjusted to the average stalk size, then the snout is replaced and that's it. Simply reverse the procedure to convert back to corn.

This is how it works:

As the Sunflower stalk comes into the gathering slot, it is diverted to one side by the SunStar plate. This allows only one side of the gathering chain to touch the stalk and prevents the stalk from being bumped, which could cause heads to drop or shatter.

As the stalk reaches the rear of the gathering slot, it encounters a stationary knife similar to a half section. The gathering fingers and this knife cut the stalk and let the head fall into the cross auger where it is fed into the combine.


SunStar is designed to work
in a variety of field and crop

  • SunStar has a very simple operating principle. The four page instructions we provide with the system completely explain installation and adjustments.
  • When crop or field conditions change, simple adjustments may be required.
  • SunStar has been designed to harvest Sunflowers that are row planted at the same width as your corn head.
  • No modifications are needed to the standard row units.
  • Ear savers will have to be removed or held back so they don't bump the stalks as they enter the gathering channel.
  • Stationary Knives cut the Sunflower stalk.

    SunStar has no rotating knives, chains, or bearings
    to maintain.

    An ample supply of replacement knives is provided
    with your original system.


When ordering a SunStar system for your machine,
specify the corn head manufacturer, the model number
and the number of rows

You will receive:

  • A replacement deck plate for each row. (Most systems have one left-handed plate.)
  • Replacement stationary knives.
  • Special Allen wrenches to replace knives and to adjust gathering channel.
  • Installation and operating instructions.

These Photos Show:

SunStar on 1995 John Deer Corn Head with new aggressive snap rolls and plastic shouts. These flowers were yielding about 2200lbs/Acre. Notice how heads enter the auger in one piece. You might also notice how high the head is running off the ground. These flowers were being harvested late after a hard frost. Inspection behind the machine showed very little loss from head shatter. Forward speed was around 4 mph. High harvesting speeds are common with SunStar.


Available for the following brands: As of 08/10/10

International Harvester (Most Models)
John Deere (Most Models)
New Holland (Some Models)
Massey (Not Available at this time)
Gleaner (Not available at this time)


Sunflower Harvesting Kits For JD Corn Heads

John Deere 40/90 Series

Part No Description List price
28296 JD 8-Row 840/890
28297 JD 12-Row 1240/1290
28391 JD, 40/90 Series Single Plate Row RH
28392 JD, 40/90 Series Single Plate Row LH $466.17

JD 90 Series

Part No Description List price
28299 JD 8-Row 890 W/ Hydraulic Adjustable Deck Plates
28300 JD 12-Row 1290 w/ Hydraulic Deck Plates
28393 JD 90 Series Single Row w/ Hydraulic Deck Plates

JD 600 Series

Part No Description List price
JD 8-Row 600C
28303 JD 12-Row 600C
28394 JD 600c Series Single Row

Sunflower Harvesting Kits For Case IH Corn Heads

International Harvester

Part No Description List price
28285 CASE IH 8-Row 880/980/1080
28286 CASE IH 12-Row 812/912/1012
28395 CASE IH 800/900/1000 Series Single Row RH
28396 CASE IH 800/900/1000 Series Single Row LH $498.04


2200/2400 SERIES
Part No Description List price
28289 CASE IH 8-Row 2200/2400
CASE IH 12-Row 2200/2400
28397 CASE IH 2200/2400 Series Single Row

3200/3400 SERIES
Part No Description List price
28452 CASE IH 8-Row 3200/3400
CASE IH 12-Row 3200/3400
28418 CASE IH 3200/3400 Series Single Row

Sunflower Harvesting Kits for New Holland Corn Heads

New Holland 98C
Part No Description List price
28398 New HOLLAND 8-Row 98C
28399 New HOLLAND 12-Row 98C $6098.40
28400 NEW HOLLAND 98C Series Single Row

New Holland 98D
Part No Description List price
28454 New HOLLAND 8-Row 98D
28455 New HOLLAND 12-Row 98D $6098.40
28419 NEW HOLLAND 98D Series Single Row

 Sun Star Replacement Parts

Part No Description List price
18274 3MM Hex Allen Wrench
18275 5MM Hex Allen Wrench
18276 M5 X 10 Flat Head Socket Screw
18277 M8 X 14 Flat Head Socket Screw
18314 Sunstar Half Section Right Hand
18315 Sunstar Half Section Left Hand $4.40
18435 Sunstar Adjustment Plate
18327 Alternate Case IH Adjustment Plate (5-1/8" Hole Spacing)



To order call 1-800-255-8280 or E-mail us at